Protecting our water supply is a responsibility we all share. By sharing tips and tools to conserve water here, we hope to empower you to participate in our quest for a sustainable future.

Where Does Your Water Come From?

Water in the Pass Area comes from local underground aquifers and from Northern California. Learn more about these water sources below.

The Pass Area sits atop Beaumont Basin, Cabazon Basin and other smaller basins. These aquifers provide natural underground storage of water that can be accessed through wells.

Local water agencies rely on water imported from Northern California to complement groundwater supplies. The State Project Water originates with rivers in Northern California and travels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the heart of the system. It flows to Southern California via the 441-mile California Aqueduct. The East Branch Extension moves water to the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, which then distributes it to local retail water providers in the Pass Area.

How Your Water Is Used

Water consumption varies significantly across California. In Riverside County, water use averages 137 gallons per person each day, compared to the San Francisco County average of 40 gallons per person, per day.

Outdoor vs. Indoor

Why is there such a difference in water use? In addition to overall cooler temperatures, San Francisco County is more urban, and less water is used outside than in the Pass Area. Outdoor watering represents nearly 60-70% of residential water usage in California.

Reducing water consumption outside the home results in significant water savings. But we all need to practice conservation for the next generation inside the home as well.

Average Indoor Use


(AWWA Research Foundation and the American Water Works Association, 1999)

Conserve today for a brighter tomorrow

We all need to work together by practicing water conservation daily. This can be done by making minor adjustments to reduce water-wasting activities inside and outside the home. Check out the indoor and outdoor water conservation tips below to see how you can make a difference.