Irrigation success stories

Water use in the landscape -- and implementing water saving irrigation measures -- varies with each business and irrigation customer.

EBMUD works closely with large landscape irrigators to help them reduce water use in ways that work for them. EBMUD thanks each one for their dedication to water conservation. EBMUD offers rebates, technology and training to all customers to help them save water and lower their water bills.

Rossmoor, Walnut Creek

Rossmoor is a gated nationally recognized and award-winning active senior adult community located in the picturesque 1,800-acre Tice Valley area of Walnut Creek, California. Rossmoor offers great views, lush open space and pristine neighborhoods.

For several decades, previous staff at Rossmoor worked directly with EBMUD Water Conservation staff. Numerous landscape irrigation audits were conducted, and hundreds of rebates were processed for upgrading antiquated irrigation systems and removing high water use lawns.

Starting in 2016, Rebecca Pollon started her position as the new Landscape Manager for the Community of Rossmoor. As manager, Rebecca oversees a staff of approximately 80 Rossmoor grounds crew. Senior Landscape Manager Curtis Kaul of Brightview and Landscape Supervisor Steve Ormond of Rossmoor played major roles in reducing water for several HOA’s common area landscaping throughout Rossmoor. The common area landscaping consists of 1,100 acres throughout the community, and an additional 700 acres of open space that is accessible by more than 6 miles of trails.

This is a great example of how to reduce costs and maintenance without sacrificing the beauty of a well-kept landscape.

How much water was saved?

Irrigation water use reduced dramatically, from over 58.3 million gallons in 2013 to only 25.1 million gallons in 2017. Overall consumption for these meters dropped by 57% in 2017 compared to the peak consumption year of 2013.

Rossmoor Water Savings

Rossmoor Water Savings

To find out more about how these water savings were achieved, contact EBMUD at 510-287-1900 or contact:

Rossmoor Mutual Operations Division
Rebecca Pollon
Landscape Manager

More Success Stories

Listed below are more success stories that we hope will inspire other customers to find ways to reduce their own irrigation water use.

EBMUD recognizes these businesses and customers for their water conserving efforts. However, EBMUD makes no representation regarding these businesses or that similar water savings will be achieved at other sites.