Liquid News

IRWD Takes Precautions Against Fire, and You Can Too

Summer marks the official start of fire season: a time when high heat, dry brush and whipping winds spark 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.

  • Pump stations are equipped with automatic backup generators and fuel tanks to keep our water flowing.
  • Brush is cleared around remote facilities to protect them from fire.
  • IRWD participates in emergency drills with the Water Emergency Response Organization of Orange County.
  • We provide immediate emergency alerts to customers via CodeRED, a service available via voice mail, email or text.

IRWD customers living in the foothill and canyon areas can help to protect their homes by taking the following actions:

  • Create a safety zone around your home by removing dead or dying vegetation.
  • Plant drought-tolerant and fire-resistant plants that can serve as a firebreak near your home (monkeyflower, California lilac, autumn sage, common yarrow, French lavender).
  • Prepare an emergency escape plan with your family that includes how to respond to any evacuation order.
  • Visit ready.gov/wildfires for more tips and precautions.

Sign Up for CodeRED

To receive emergency alerts from IRWD, please sign up for CodeRED at irwd.com/emergency-codered or call 949-453-5300.

irwd-students-reign-in-water-poster-contest
IRWD Students Reign in Water Poster ContestCongratulations to Foothill Ranch Elementary fourth-grader Adrianna Hou. She was honored at the Discovery Cube as a grand-prizevwinner for her grade group...
irvine-ranch-water-district-and-macquarie-capital-announce-completion-of-the-largest-behind-the-meter-energy-storage-project-in-the-u-s
IRWD and Macquarie Capital Announce Completion of the Largest Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Project in the U.S.IRVINE, Calif. – Advancing the cause of sustainability, Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) and Macquarie Capital today announced completion of...
are-you-getting-the-right-water-budget-for-your-home
Are You Getting the Right Water Budget for Your Home?IRWD water bills are based on a monthly water budget established for customers based on typical living conditions and water...
congrats-to-our-waterstar-kawasaki-motors-corp
Congrats to Our WaterStar Kawasaki Motors Corp.Our district has a new corporate WaterStar: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC). IRWD’s WaterStar program recognizes and rewards local water-efficient businesses....
fall-back-waste-not-want-not
Fall Back: Waste Not, Want NotIt might still feel sweltering outside…but it’s time to dial back your sprinklers. In September, plants’ water needs drop by about...
composting-basics-know-the-materials
Composting Basics: Know the Materials and MethodsTo retain soil moisture while discouraging weeds, Irvine Ranch Water District encourages generous use of mulch to cover garden and...
keep-your-water-safe-in-a-storm
Keep Your Water Safe in a StormFloods. Wildfires. Earthquakes. They’ve been in the news lately—and Orange County is not immune. IRWD has multiple safeguards to protect...
prudential-overall-supply-named-waterstar
Prudential Overall Supply Named WaterStarIn April, Prudential Overall Supply celebrated its 86th year and was recognized as an IRWD WaterStar. The Irvine-based company, with...
bottled-vs-tap-get-the-facts
Bottled vs. Tap? Get the FactsBottled water last year surpassed soda as America’s most popular beverage. It’s a $16-billion-a-year industry, marketing a product that—when purchased...
find-out-more-about-water-desalination
Find Out More About Water DesalinationInterested in learning more about desalination?  For more than 50 years, IRWD has made water supply reliability a top priority through...
2018-iusd-science-fair-winners-commended-at-irwd-board-meeting
2018 IUSD Science Fair Winners Commended at IRWD Board MeetingAt the May 29 board meeting, IRWD staff and board members recognized a group of young students for their top...