Free water efficiency assessments and improvements coming to Yuba County homes

Free water efficiency assessments and improvements coming to Yuba County homes

Yuba County Water Agency is partnering with Pacific Gas and Electric to launch a new, collaborative water and energy efficiency program for low-income households in Yuba County.

Yuba County Water Agency will invest up to $300,000 for water conservation measures, which will be combined with PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance investment for energy saving measures for low-income residences in the Linda County Water District service area.

Through this pilot program, local contractors will provide water and energy conservation assessments for up to 1,000 households, and when necessary, install new water efficiency devices including faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads, shower timers and high-efficiency toilets.

“This is a great way for us to be able to invest in Yuba County in a way that’s within our water supply reliability mission, but that really affects people’s lives and pocketbooks directly,” said Terri Daly, Yuba County Water Agency administrative manager. “Partnering in this pilot program gives us the opportunity to help the people who live in Yuba County, one household at a time, and conserve a lot of groundwater doing it.”

PG&E, with help from its program administrator, Richard Heath and Associates, has successfully implemented its ESA weatherization program in Yuba County for over 15 years, improving the energy efficiency for low-income households.

Now, PG&E and RHA are partnering with water agencies to provide both energy and water conservation assessments in the same household visit.

RHA will manage all of the aspects of the program, from securing and training local contractors, to providing extensive data on the number of households served, water efficiency measures implemented and estimated water savings.

Linda County Water District has additionally agreed to partner in this program, to help meet the district’s water conservation targets and ensure quality data for measuring the program’s success.

“This program has the ability to save a lot of money for some of Yuba County’s poorest families,” said Andy Vasquez, Yuba County Water Agency director. “We’ve invested millions in reducing flood risk and improving our water supply over the years, and it’s great to see this investment in water conservation that directly impacts our people in a way that can give them a little boost.”

The program will begin in August, 2018, and run until Dec. 31, 2019.

Visit PG&E’s website or call 1-800-743-5000 for more information about the program and to learn about eligibility requirements.