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Heatwave? No Problem, Thanks to Recycled Water


Hot August nights—and days—can take their toll on landscapes, increasing moisture loss in plants and prompting many communities to let public areas go brown during this taxing time of year.

But not here. IRWD’s recycled water system means streetscapes, parks and common areas can stay green without dipping into our drinking water supply. As long as people continue to take showers, do their laundry and wash dishes, recycled water will remain a plentiful and sustainable resource for the community.

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Last month’s 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in Ridgecrest were a wake-up call for Orange County—a reminder that we all should be prepared.

IRWD has many safeguards in place to protect the reliability and quality of your drinking water. Our employees are trained in emergency response, and committed to restore services quickly. But in extreme situations, it’s smart to be ready for disruptions. The first 72 hours after any major emergency are critical times for self-sufficiency.

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If your electricity went out in the recent Southern California Edison power outage, check your sprinkler timer today. If your timer doesn’t have a working backup battery, your programming may have been erased, which could cause you to use much more water than necessary.

Many timers without a backup battery will revert to a standard factory default setting — causing your sprinklers to operate for 10 minutes at each station every day until reprogrammed.

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Customers who live or work in the IRWD service area are invited to tour our facilities and San Joaquin Marsh while learning about what we do. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Must be 16 or older.

Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

IRWD Operations Center

3512 Michelson Dr., Irvine 

Sign-up required:


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If you’ve ever thought about saving water by planting a colorful drought-tolerant landscape, IRWD has some new inspiration for you. Stop by our Sand Canyon Avenue office and check out our brand new succulent demonstration garden.

The idea for the garden was first broached by customers. It was planted in May and features myriad succulents such as:

Coral Aloe – Used for bold textural accents in planting locations from full sun to partial shade, this plant has bright colored coral orange flower sp... 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...
Inspire Your Garden with SucculentsIf you’ve ever thought about saving water by planting a colorful drought-tolerant landscape, IRWD has some new inspiration for you....
MWDOC Poster Contest Winners Recognized for ArtworkHundreds of students participated in the 2019 annual Water Awareness Poster Contest. 12 students from the Irvine Ranch Water District...
Recycled Water 101: Keeping GreenDrought-proof beauty Purple pipe distinguishes IRWD’s recycled water system, but the concept behind it all is green. Recycling provides an environmentally sustainable...
IRWD Prepares for Wildfires, and You Should TooSummer marks the official start of fire season: a time when heat, dry brush and whipping winds create an incendiary...
IRWD Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander MonthMay is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific...
Fifth Public Hearing Evaluating Change in IRWD Election ProcessNOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Final Action on a Transition to Division-Based Elections, and to...
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...
At New Great Park Ice, the Rinks Use Recycled Water2016 World Junior Figure Skating champion Marin Honda of Japan takes Great Park Ice for a spin during warmups for...
Save Water: Fix a Leak and Win PrizesIn honor of Fix a Leak Week, March 18–24, IRWD customers can win a $200 or $100 Home Depot gift...
Spring Forward for Water EfficiencyEvenings will become lighter beginning Sunday, March 10, 2019, as we set our clocks forward one hour for daylight saving...
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,...

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