Water Conservation & CIMIS Data Links


Clear Creek C.S.D. now has available to our customers a library of books related to water use, conservation, science, hydrology, and more. These books are available during regular business hours and may be read at the District office or checked out. Also available are video tapes relating to water conservation in both the domestic and agricultural setting. These tapes may be checked out or viewed at the District office during regular business hours.
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Check for Leaks | Read your Meter | Gray Water Water Facts: 97% of the worlds water is salt water leaving 3% for fresh water. Of that 3%, 0.77% is Polar ice 0.22% is Ground and Soil water and 0.003% is Rivers and Streams.

75% in the Bathroom - 20% in the Kitchen & Laundry - 5% for Cooking and Drinking

By installing water conserving devices that work more effectively, you can save

about 13,000 gallons of water a year. Applied nationally, household water conservation

programs would save billions of gallons of water a day. More fresh water and less treated

sewage means improved water quality for the people and wildlife who depend on it.


Energy Star qualified dishwashers typically use one-third less water than non-qualified models.

The average Energy Star qualified dishwasher uses four gallons less per cycle while the

average non-qualified dishwasher uses six gallons per cycle.


ENERGY STAR clothes washers clean clothes using 50% less energy than standard washers.

Most full-sized ENERGY STAR washers use 18-25 gallons of

water per load, compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard machine.

ENERGY STAR models also spin the clothes better, resulting in less drying time.



Xeriscape landscaping, quality landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment. The seven principles of Xeriscape landscaping are not new; they have been practiced in the landscape industry for decades. 1. Planning and design is the foundation of any water-wise landscape. 2. Soil analysis will determine whether soil improvement is needed for better water absorption and improved water-holding capacity. 3. Practical turf areas suggests that turfgrasses be used as a planned element in the landscape. Avoid impractical turf use, such as long, narrow areas. 4. Appropriate plant selection keeps the landscape more in tune with the natural environment. Both native and exotic plants make up the huge variety of plants available for Xeriscape landscaping. 5. By simply using efficient irrigation, you can instantly save 30 to 50 percent on your water bill. 6. Use mulches in flower and shrub beds to prevent water loss from the soil through evaporation and to increase water penetration during irrigations. 7. Appropriate maintenance preserves the beauty of the Xeriscape landscape plus saves water. Pruning, weeding, proper fertilization, pest control and irrigation system adjustments all conserve water.

 Water Conversion Tables & Facts

1 Acre foot = 43,560 Cubic feet 1 Acre foot = 325,851 Gallons 1 Cubic Foot = 7.48 Gallons 1 Gallon = 8.34 pounds

1 Gallon of water = 231 cubic inches

1 Million Gallons a day = 694.4 Gallons per Minute = 1.55 Cubic Feet per Second


Clear Creek bills in cubic feet. To convert your cubic foot consumption to gallons used:

multiply your consumption by 7.48 - Example: your bill reflects a usage of 25. You

would multiply 7.48 X 2500 (we drop the last two digits and calculate from the 100's place.)

giving you a total usage of 18,700 gallons used during the billing cycle.


Clear Creek CSD averages between 1.8 - 2.2 million gallons per day during

the Winter months and 15 to 24 million gallons per day during the Summer months.

Evapotranspiration Defined

Per the University of California, evapotranspiration (ET) is the amount of water used by a particular type of crop, comprised of water evaporating from the soil and water transpiring from the plants. Crop evapotranspiration estimates are are available as either historical averages or real-time estimates from the California Department of Water Resources CIMIS program at www.cimis.water.ca.gov and University of California Cooperative Extension Offices. Also, crop ET information is available from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's AgriMet program at www.pn.usbr.gov/agrimet
Root Zone Depths Follow this link to find the root zone depth for your crops. Scroll down on the linked page to the root zone crop table.
Water Conservation Links From The USDA Drought Updates and Conservation Links
Water use calculator for in and around your home


California Irrigation Management Information System

Follow these links below for detailed help and information on CIMIS

Frequently Asked Questions regarding CIMIS and ET Irrigation Scheduling Resource


The Natural Resources Conservation Service is a Federal agency that works in partnership with the American people to conserve and sustain our natural resources. National Resources Conservation Service
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