Water Smart Home Survey

North Marin Water District offers free Water Smart Home Surveys to its customers. This free service includes indoor and outdoor water efficiency checks, a landscape irrigation system efficiency test and a leak detection test.

Our friendly, knowledgeable survey technicians can show how you can easily conserve more water and save money, and we’ll even give you money-saving rebate and incentive information to get you started. Best of all, your appointment can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.

Indoors, we will inspect:

· Faucets

· Showerheads

· Toilets

· Dishwashers

· Clothes washers

· Other water-using devices in the home

 

They will also ask about current water usage within the home so they can advise you on ways in which you can easily save water and avoid water waste. You’ll also get free low-flow showerheads and aerators as needed to achieve maximum water efficiency.

 

 

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Residential Clothes Washer Rebate

 

High efficiency washing machines can save up to 50% of the water used and 65% of the energy used compared to conventional top-loading washing machines. NMWD, currently offers a rebate to customers when they purchase qualifying High Efficiency clothes washing machines. Applications are available at the point of purchase or by clicking on one of the links below. Tier 3 models are eligible for the rebate for purchases prior to June 30, 2014. Only Energy star "most efficient" washers are eligible for rebate for purchases between July 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

 All new developments within the NMWD service area with laundry facilities, including residences, must be equipped with front loading high efficiency washing machines, with a modified water factor of 5.5 or less, before connection to the NMWD system.

 

 


Water Line Direct Mail Letter

Two times a year - in the spring and fall - NMWD mails out The Water Line, our water conservation newsletter, to all residential customers. The letter explains current water supply conditions on the Russian River and at Stafford Lake, our local source. In the Spring newsletter, single-family residence receives an individual water use graph for the prior calendar year. Each newsletter usually contains many coupons, such as the toiler flapper rebate, and giveaways, such as the Energy Star® washer.

Current Issue of The Novato Water Line (PDF)

Current Issue of the West Marin Water Line (PDF)

NMWD Residential Toilet Rebate


Program Requirements

NMWD now rebates up to $100 per High Efficiency Toilet (HET) and up to $150 per Ultra High Efficiency Toilet (UHET) when customers change all their non-water conserving toilets. HETs use 20% less water than standard ultra-low flush toilets.

In order to be eligible for the residential toilet rebate, the customer must:

How can I participate?
  • Call NMWD’s Water Conservation Specialist at 415-761-8944 to for pre-qualification.
  • After pre-qualification is completed, replace all qualifying toilet(s) in your home.
  • Mail in or drop off application along with original receipt for toilet(s) dated no earlier than July 1, 2014. Application must be complete and signed.
  • Rebate payment will be mailed to you in 4-6 weeks after original receipts are received.
  • Rebate amounts for HET good until December 31, 2014 or until funds are depleted. Pre-approved customers will have until January 15, 2015 to install the new toilets and to submit application.

HET Rebate Form - Residential

UHET Rebate Form - Residential

NMWD Commercial, Industrial, Institutional (CII) Toilet Rebate


Program Requirements

NMWD now rebates up to $100 per High Efficiency Toilet (HET) CII and up to $150 per Ultra High Efficiency Toilet (UHET) when customers change all their non-water conserving toilets. HETs use 20% less water than standard ultra-low flush toilets.

In order to be eligible for the CII toilet rebate, the customer must:
  • Own a Commercial, Industrial, Institutional dwelling within the Novato or West Marin service area.
  • Agree to a brief pre-installation inspection.
  • Agree to replace all toilets in the dwelling that use more than 1.6 gallons per flush.
  • HETs eligible for rebate must be on the EPA WaterSense Labeled High Efficiency Toilet List(PDF).
  • UHETs eligible for rebate must be on the NMWD Qualified UHET List.
How can I participate?
  • Call NMWD’s Water Conservation Specialist at 415-761-8944 for pre-qualification.
  • After pre-qualification is completed, replace all qualifying toilet(s) in your home.
  • Mail in or drop off application along with original receipt for toilet(s) dated no earlier than July 1, 2014. Application must be complete and signed.
  • Rebate payment will be mailed to you in 4-6 weeks after original receipts are received.
  • Rebate amounts for HET good until December 31, 2014 or until funds are depleted. Pre-approved customers will have until January 15, 2015 to install the new toilets and  to submit application.

HET Rebate Form – Commercial

UHET Rebate Form - Commerical

Toilet Tips


"Screw Driver" Maintenance

NMWD continues to provide this popular service - guiding the consumer through simple repairs that require no more than a screwdriver (and maybe a pair of pliers!). Should you need to troubleshoot a plumbing problem or suspect you have a leak, our Field Service Representative can assist you in making that determination. Call the NMWD office at 415-761-8944.

Water-Conserving Fixtures

When available, NMWD offers free, high-quality showerheads, faucet aerators, and hose nozzles. Also, Cash-for-Grass participants and customers having a brief pre-inspection for a toilet rebate, are also offered a free, 10-quart SteriLite® bucket. Novato customers can pick up free showerheads and faucet aerators at the District office located at 999 Rush Creek Place.

Toilet Age

The amount of water flushed by a toilet is easily determined by the age of the toilet. Toilets manufactured in the following years will flush the corresponding amount of water:

Pre-1982: 5-7 Gallons per Flush
1982-1992: 3.5 Gallons per Flush
After 1992: 1.6 Gallons per Flush

To determine the age of your toilet, remove the tank lid and look on the underside for any date stamped on the porcelain. If the lid is not date-stamped, look inside the tank itself on the back wall directly above the waterline. Once you locate the date, you can determine the amount of water per flush. If no date is found, take down the serial number or model number, which is usually stamped inside the tank or on the underside of the lid, and call the manufacturer to find out the flush volume of that toilet.

Retrofit Resale


North Marin Water District
Water Conservation Regulation No. 15 m.

Requiring Retrofitting of Building Being Sold Or Remodeled

North Marin Water District Regulation No. 15 m. requires that any existing structure built before January 1, 1992, which is situated in NMWD’s Novato Service Area, and receives water service from NMWD, and that changes ownership on or after January 1, 2003, be certified as containing water-conserving plumbing fixtures that meet the following standards:

• Ultra-low flush toilets
• Urinals (if present)
• Showerheads
• Lavatory Faucets
Rated at 1.6 gallons per flush (max.)
Rated at 1 gallons per flush (max.)
Rated at 2 gallons per flush (max.)
Rated at 1.5 gallons per flush (max.)

Faucet aerators may be installed if they reduce the faucet flow rate to a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute. Easily-removed flow restrictors installed in showerheads are not acceptable. The entire showerhead must be replaced with one that is flow-rated at 2 gallons of water per minute.

The property owner can certify his/her own building for compliance and NMWD will so acknowledge upon receipt of a completed Water Conservation Certificate form. Application for or receipt of said acknowledgement does not relieve the owner from obtaining any permits required by other government agencies.

Retrofit on Resale Certificate (PDF)

 

Hot Water Recirculation Rebate

Rebate information and Hot Water Heater Form