For residents that are interested in conducting their own "self-audit", the Conservation staff have put together a a Water Savings Guide to provide resources on ways that you can evaluate your current water use and take steps to reduce consumption both indoors and outdoors. Information is available on wise outdoor watering practices, sprinkler care, yard maintenance, car washing and other water consuming activities
Sprinkler System Evaluations
Evaluations are offered during the summer months and consist of a comprehensive assessment of the design, operation and management of your sprinkler system. Assistance with sprinkler controllers and watering schedules will also be provided. A brief report outlining general observations of your sprinkler system as well as suggestions for future use will be mailed following the evaluation. This is a great opportunity to learn ways to save water and money while still maintaining a healthy and attractive landscape.
You can use the Sample Watering Guide for our region to determine how much to water your landscape. You can also call our Watering Hotline during irrigation season at 541-552-2057 for more weekly specific information.
A City Water Conservation Specialist will visit your home to evaluate the efficiency of your plumbing fixtures and will replace the shower heads, faucet aerators, and supply you with other tools to reduce water used, if needed.
A homeowner can estimate water consumption from various indoor sources using theIndoor Water Use Table. The guide contains estimated water use rates of different ages and types of toilets, showers, kitchen and bathroom faucets, etc and includes estimates based on household size.
Water and Energy Rebate Programs
Smart Controller Rebate A rebate is being offered for the installation of a WaterSense Labeled Smart Irrigation Controller. $200 for Residential and $250 for HOAs and commercial facilities.
Lawn Replacement RebateA rebate is being offered by the City of Ashland for the removal of live, maintained and irrigated lawn that is replaced with climate appropriate, low water use landscapes and efficient irrigation systems.
Rebates are given to customers who replace existing toilets greater than 3.0 gallons per flush (gpf) with WaterSense labeled toilets, 1.28 gallons or less per flush: $75 for the first toilet, $60 for the second and $50 for the third all located in the same residence or business.
If the utility customer chooses to replace an existing 1.6 gallon toilet with a WaterSense labeled 1.28 gpf toilet, the rebate amounts are $35 for the first toilet, $25 for the second, and $15 for the third in the same residence or business.
Rebates are also available in new construction for installation of WaterSense 1.28 gpf toilets in lieu of standard 1.6 gpf toilets. The rebate amounts are $35 for the first toilet, $25 for the second, and $15 for the third in the same residence or business.
Rebates are given to customers who purchase resource efficient clothes washers. These machines use up to 40% less water and up to 50% less energy. Clothes washers with the ENERGY STAR label qualify for an $80 City rebate if the home has an electric water heater and $50 if the home has a gas water heater. Qualifying appliance lists can be found at www.energystar.gov