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Clean Car Can Say, ‘I Saved Water’


Car washes have two superpowers. They keep your car sparkly clean. And compared to washing a vehicle with a hose and soapy water, they can save water.

Checkered Flag Express Car Wash in Lake Forest is a star example. The local business was recently honored by IRWD as a certified WaterStar. By employing a water-recirculation system, it uses about 75% less drinking water on average for each vehicle washed, compared to traditional car wash methods. Recirculation technology retrieves water used in the washing... Continue Reading »


Lace up those skates and hit the rink. You won’t be wasting water at the Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena sports complex.

The Anaheim Ducks’ new training complex— which celebrated its grand opening last month—will feature three National Hockey League-size ice rinks and one Olympic-size rink. So it will use a lot of water. About 4.3 million gallons are needed to make the ice each year, including the water sprayed from the back of Zambonis during resurfacing.

The good news: It’s Irvine Ran... Continue Reading »


In honor of Fix a Leak Week, March 18–24, IRWD customers can win a $200 or $100 Home Depot gift card—just for checking for water leaks. First, complete our 10- to 15-minute online training course and quiz. Then, for a chance to win, submit a photo or video of yourself checking for leaks around your home.

To learn: Take the training and quiz at Training includes a three-minute video on how to find and fix leaks.

To enter: For contest details and to submit your... Continue Reading »


Evenings will become lighter beginning Sunday, March 10, 2019, as we set our clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time.

Remember to make this adjustment to your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night.

The semiannual time changes coincide with seasonal changes in weather, when irrigation controllers and sprinkler times should change. Your landscape’s water needs decrease as the days get shorter and cooler, and increase as days get longer and hotter, so it’s a good idea to check your ... Continue Reading »


The Irvine Ranch Water District invites students to create a poster that shows how to use water wisely at home, school, business or in agriculture, or show how saving water can help the environment. Winning posters will be submitted to regional competitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Municipal Water District of Orange County. Top posters may be selected to appear in the water awareness calendar for 2020. Posters will be selected based on the originality and clarity of ... Continue Reading »

Annual Cleanup Draws More than 150 VolunteersA trio of discarded bicycle frames, the tattered arm of an over-stuffed sofa, a weather-worn soccer ball and hundreds of discarded cigarette butts and snack wrappers were among the items found during this year’s Annual Watershed Cleanup Day event sponsored...
A Refuge to Inspire Your LandscapeTake a trip to the San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary—a hidden gem in Irvine. The RightScape demonstration garden surrounding the Visitors Center has more than three dozen plant varieties, each identified with a plant marker and QR code for...
Happy to See Green? Thank Our Purple PipesLet’s be honest. We love our treelined streets, verdant medians and common areas that define the Irvine Ranch Water District. And while other communities are cutting back on their landscaping, ours continues to flourish. Since 1963, IRWD has been implementing a...
Calling all Student Artists - 2019 Water Awareness Poster ContestThe Irvine Ranch Water District invites students to create a poster that shows how to use water wisely at home,...
2019 Science Fair Water-Related Project WinnersIrvine Ranch Water District participated in project judging for the annual Irvine Unified School District Science Fair on Feb. 6,...
IRWD Data Drives Smart SprinklersChanges in the weather say a lot about your landscape’s water needs. That’s why IRWD operates three weather stations—in the...
Sign Up Now for Water ToursCurious where your drinking water comes from and what happens to it after it disappears down the drain? Get answers...
Love Your Water District: the 411What is Irvine Ranch Water District and what do we do? Here is a primer: We are a California special district—an...
Recycled Water, Green CommunitiesThis is drought country. So how do we keep your faucets flowing while keeping the community so green and beautiful?...
What a Water Year It WasIRWD works hard to see that our customers get the best in drinking water, recycled water and sewer services. To...
2019 Water Efficiency ChallengeThe New Year is a time of renewal and reflection. For 2019, the IRWD Water Efficiency team encourages you to...
$32,000 in ACWA Scholarships Available in 2019As a member of the Association of California Water Agencies, Irvine Ranch Water District is proud to share several ACWA...
Project Wins Public-Private Partnership AwardIrvine Ranch Water District’s award-winning Energy Storage Project, which will save water customers half a million dollars a year, has...
Board Selects New President, Vice PresidentThe Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors has selected Steven E. LaMar to serve as president and Mary Aileen...

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