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Recycled Water 101: Keeping Green


Drought-proof beauty

Purple pipe distinguishes IRWD’s recycled water system, but the concept behind it all is green.

Recycling provides an environmentally sustainable and drought-proof source of water for landscape irrigation, agriculture and business—treating and reusing a precious resource. Recycled water keeps our urban landscape lush throughout the year. And it saves on irrigation costs for homeowners associations, parks, medians, schools and golf courses

In short, recycled water is... Continue Reading »


Summer marks the official start of fire season: a time when heat, dry brush and whipping winds create an incendiary threat to nature, homes and humans.

Irvine Ranch Water District keeps watch to respond to fires and any corresponding loss of power in our service area, patrolling canyon areas and monitoring remote operations. It’s our job to ensure that facilities are protected and that water continues to be delivered to your tap and made available to firefighters battling blazes.


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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. — including more than 6.3 million in California.

Irvine Ranch Water District is honored to recognize how this diversity has enriched Irvine and cities throughout our service area.

Recently, IRWD met with leaders of multicultural organizations for a community breakfast. IRWD General Manager Paul Cook provided an overview of IRWD and it... Continue Reading »




Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Final Action on a Transition to Division-Based Elections, and to Consider Adoption fo a Final Map of Division Boundaries and a Sequence of Elections

NOTICE is hereby given that the IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT (IRWD) will hold a public hearing to consider final action on changing the elections pro... Continue Reading »


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 »

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...
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,...
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...

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