Montclair and the Drought
The City of Montclair (City) considers wise water usage a priority and has a proactive approach to water conservation, including the use of weather-based irrigation controllers, low-water consumption plants in all new development areas, and the use of recycled water for most City landscapes- including City parks.
The City is dedicated to partnering with the Montclair community, Monte Vista Water District (MVWD), and the Chino Basin Water Conservation District (CBWCD) to become more water-efficient. City staff encourages all local residents to engage with MVWD and CBWCD for best-practice tips and water conservation information.
Monte Vista Water District
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced that Southern Californians need to reduce outdoor watering to one (1) day per week beginning June 1. MVWD currently has water use restrictions that limit outdoor watering to 3 days per week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) and prohibits daytime watering. MVWD customers are urged to significantly cut back outdoor watering to one day per week while hand watering trees to maintain the natural urban canopy. We must do our part to conserve now or risk further restrictions on water use. MVWD is not enforcing one-day per week watering restrictions at this time, but customers are encouraged to do so where possible. Should MVWD’s Board of Directors take action to implement greater restrictions, customers will be notified directly as well as through general public communication.
Montclair and MVWD recognize and appreciate our community's excellent conservation efforts, but we need to reduce water use even more. The time is now.
For more information on water-saving programs and rebates, visit www.mvwd.org/programs.
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
For a real-life glimpse of waterwise gardens, visit the CBWCD's Waterwise Community Center Park and Demonstration Gardens, free and open to the public Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Waterwise Community Center also offers free workshops on gardening, irrigation, and more online and in person. Visit the Waterwise Community Center at 4594 San Bernardino Street, just west of Monte Vista Avenue, or its website at www.cbwcd.org to learn more. Also, visit the Waterwise Garden Planner for designs, tools, and plant lists to start planning your lush, low-water dream garden today.
The Chino Basin Water Conservation District has been protecting and replenishing our local groundwater since 1949. The Chino Basin is one of Southern California's largest groundwater basins or aquifers. Groundwater, which is water contained in between soils and gravels in the ground beneath our communities, is pumped up, cleaned, and distributed to us by our local water agencies. The Chino Groundwater Basin contains approximately 5 million acre-feet of water. However, only approximately 90,000 acre-feet of that water can be used in a single year for the basin to remain sustainably managed and to ensure this resource is not depleted over time. The Basin serves the communities of Montclair, Upland, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, and Chino Hills and helps each of these cities navigate droughts.
The Chino Basin Water Conservation District maintains a series of infiltration basins along the creeks and channels that run through our region, capturing water and storing it in the aquifer for later use. The District offers free resources and workshops to the community through the Waterwise Community Center to assist constituents in using that groundwater wisely in every home, business, and neighborhood.