What is a water budget?
Water budgets are tools that help commercial, large-landscape customers track the efficiency of their landscape water use.
A water budget is based on a customer's irrigated area and weather data specific to its location. Weather data is gathered using a statewide network of automated weather stations.
The water budget program is free to customers with meters that serve irrigation exclusively. Irrigation-only customers can include homeowners associations, parks, golf courses, cities, counties, and businesses.
Benefits of a water budget
Like a financial budget, a water budget helps customers optimise their use of resources. Benefits of a water budget include the following:
- Identifies the irrigated area associated with a meter
- Compares actual water consumption to water budget goals
- Helps customers become aware of leaks quickly
- Improves irrigation water management
- Lowers water bills
- Helps maintain a healthy landscape
Daily water budget reports can now be generated, and consumption and budget data can be queried and automatically emailed to customers.
To add an account (meter) to the water budget program, update an existing account, or for general information, contact EBMUD Water Conservation.