Feb

9

BILLING:

Everyone should have received their water bills by now. Please note that the advanced minimum went from $57 to $60. The increase was approved by a Resolution on 4/1/2015 and adds an extra $1.50 per month. The price per tier has not increased.

If you are a renter you can always call us and find out what the amount due is. All water bills are kept in the homeowners name and it is up to the landlord and tenant to make arrangements on how the water bill are handled.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your water bill, please feel free to call us during normal business hours and we will be happy to discuss your bill with you.  Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. As always, the bills are due on the 25th of the month.  Paying your water bill on time prevents the addition of a $15 late fee to your account.  You can pay your bill in several ways. You can come into the office and pay by check, cash or credit card.  You can send a check by mail.  You can also pay by credit card over the phone or you can pay via your online banking. We also have a slot in the door if you want to drop your payment off after hours.  It is secure and no one can get your payment once you push it through the door slot.

WEATHER:

No change from last week. 18.78 inches of rain/snow and 23.5 inches of snow. According to the 10 day weather forecast, there is no snow or rain predicted throughout the week into the weekend. We should have warm, sunny weather!!!

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Jan

28

According to The Press Enterprise, California experienced 45 deaths from the West Nile virus and 737 confirmed cases of infection in 2015. Many factors explain why California reached epidemic levels last year including drought. During a drought, urban water runoff is not flushed from, or out of, underground storm water systems. Experts also confirm that a drought leaves fewer water sources for mosquito breeding. Heavy rainfall can flush out stagnant water and help control the mosquito population.

Some Typical Symptoms:

  • High Fever
  • Stiff Neck
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Joint Pain

Young children, the elderly, and those with lowered or compromised immune systems are at greater risk of experiencing serious symptoms after infection. Prevention and protection is key in reducing you and your families risk of getting bitten.

Prevention Tips:

  • When weather permits, wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when outside.
  • Use an EPA repellent spray that contains DEET.
  • Install or repair window screens on all doors and windows.
  • Remove/empty all standing water around your property.

To report mosquito issues, neglected pools, or sick/dead birds call Vector Control at 951-340-9792

 

Jan

4

A series of storms are expected to bless our mountain with much needed rain and snow this week. Please prevent leaks and broken pipes by turning your water off at your customer valve located next to the meter at the street.  If you do not know where your customer valve is or how to turn it off, please give us a call during normal business hours 9 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday and we will send someone over to help you locate your valve and show you how to turn it off and on. BE PREPARED!!!

Sand Bags:

We have free sandbags available to our customers here in the front office!!! If you come during normal business hours, we have sand and a sand scoop you are welcome to use.

Detailed Forecast:

Today – Showers – Precipitation 50%

Tuesday – Rain – Precipitation 100%

Wednesday – Snow – Precipitation 100%

Thursday – Snow – Precipitation 70%

Friday – AM Snow Showers – Precipitation 40%

Saturday – PM Snow Showers – Precipitation 30%

Sunday – Rain/Snow – Precipitation 60%

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or stop by the office. 24917 Marion Ridge Road (next door to the fire department). 951-659-2675

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Dec

19

The Pine Cove Water District needs your help!

Our water demand is at least twice the amount it should be during the Winter months.  Why?  Because some customers did not shut their water off when they left Pine Cove.  Last week, we had temperatures as low as 14 degrees at night, and highs were not above 30 degrees.  When the temperatures rose, pipes thawed and water began flowing.

LOOK    LISTEN   CALL!!

If you see or hear water running, be the 1st to call it in, and you can earn a $25.00 reward, to a restaurant of your choice in Idyllwild.

 

Office:                       951-659-2675

After Hours:            951-294-8282

Jerry’s Home:          951-659-4936

 

Thank you for your help!!

 

Jerry Holldber

General Manager

 

Dec

17

Winter-Picture1Attention all Pine Cove Water District Customers, we have a leak in the District and need your help in finding it. When you are out walking in your neighborhood or outside in your yard please listen, if you hear water leaking we offer a $25.00 Gift Certificate to a restaurant of your choice in Idyllwild.

Did you shut your water off at your customer valve when you left your mountain home? Do you need us to shut your water off for a $15.00 service fee? Temperatures have been in the teens this week. Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns at 951-659-2675. We hope the leak is outside where it can do less damage to your mountain home.

 

Dec

10

Weather:

A storm is coming with a chance of Rain/Snow on Friday and early Saturday morning. Prevent leaks and broken pipes by turning your water off at your customer valve, located next to the meter at the street, whenever you leave your mountain home. If you do not know where your customer valve is or how to turn it off, please give us a call during normal business hours 9 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday and we will send someone over to help you locate your valve and show you how to turn it off and on.

Rain Barrels:

We still have a few green ivy rain barrels available. All components are included to start collecting and reusing your rainwater. We are selling these rain barrels to our customers for $57.19, provided the barrel is used in Pine Cove.  If you are buying a barrel and taking it off the hill, you do not qualify for the instant rebate, and you will need to pay the $70.00 full price that we paid.  Call now to reserve yours, or come by the office and pick yours up.

Sand Bags:

We have free sandbags available to our customers here in the front office!!! If you come during normal business hours, we have sand and a sand scoop you are welcome to use.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or stop by the office. 24917 Marion Ridge Road (next door to the fire department). 951-659-2675

Dec

8

By now, you should have received your December billing.  If you have not, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to send another bill out to you.  Because of the Christmas Holiday, the bills will be due on the 28th of December, instead of the 25th.

Please remember when you leave your mountain home, to turn your water off at your customer valve, next to the meter, at the street.  Remember, if you shut your water off at the house, and you have a leak between the meter and your shut off, you will have to pay for any water that goes thru the meter.  If you are unable to turn your water off, or you’ve forgotten, please don’t hesitate to give the office a call, and we will be happy to go out and shut the water off for you.  During regular business hours, the fee for this service is $15.00.  After hours charge is $35.00.

Please be safe this holiday!

 

Nov

23

We received the following information from Kathleen Henderson from
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Nov

4

Are you prepared for El Nino?

If predictions of El Nino rainfall is accurate, this fall and winter may be filled with above average moisture. Experts are suggesting that El Nino has an 80% chance of lasting into early Spring of 2016. Issues such as erosion from storm run – off, water or mud damage, and/or flooding can occur. Preparing your home and yard for the predicted El Nino season should be on all homeowners “to do list”. Below we have listed a few ways to prep:

  • Obtain sandbags and place them in the areas of your yard that may be vulnerable. They are available at most local Fire Stations throughout the Inland Region. For those of you on the hill, you can purchase sandbags at Forest Lumber for about .50 cents – their phone number is 951-659-2609.
  • Fix, clear, and check all rain gutters and make sure the water will drain away from your home to prevent damage. Check and repair your roof, if necessary, before it rains.
  • It is recommended to have a stockpile of at least three days supply of food, water, flashlights, batteries, clothing, and other vital necessities. Don’t forget to make an emergency kit for your pets as well.

For more information, contact the federal Emergency Management Agency. They offer free publications on protecting your home: 800-638-6620. 

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Image courtesy of: podaac.jpl.nasa.gov

 

Oct

27

Mosquito’s carrying the West Nile Virus have spread the disease to epidemic levels in Riverside County. Researchers say West Nile was 1st found in the United States in 1999 and first appeared in California in 2003. Mosquito’s become infected when they feed on infected birds. They then can spread the virus to humans and other animals. Health experts do emphasize that West Nile is rarely life-threatening, however, in some cases, can be serious. Young children, the elderly, and those with lowered or compromised immune systems are at greater risk of experiencing serious symptoms after infection. Prevention and protection is key in reducing you and your families risk of getting bitten.

Prevention Tips:

  • When weather permits, wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when outside.
  • Use an EPA repellent spray that contains DEET.
  • Install or repair window screens on all doors and windows.
  • Remove/empty all standing water around your property.

To report mosquito issues, neglected pools, or sick/dead birds call Vector Control at 951-340-9792

 

Oct

2

Water Saving Kit

Come by the office and pick up your free water saving kit!  Kit includes Earth Massage 1.5 gpm showerhead, kitchen swivel 1.5 gpm aerator, 2 bathroom faucet 1.0 gpm aerators, toilet water saver (fill cycle diverter), toilet leak detection tablets, flow master bag, water conservation wheel and installation instructions.  Get one for each bathroom in your mountain home.

Sep

29

The boys were out yesterday and today reading water meters. The October bills will be in the mail by the end of the week. They are due by October 25th. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your water bill, please feel free to call our office Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can pay your bill several ways. You can come by the office and pay by check, cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). You can mail a check to Po Box 2296 Idyllwild, Ca 92549, or you can pay through your online banking. You can always drop your payment off in the slot in the door if we are out of the office.

Remember to always turn your water off at your customer valve when you leave your mountain home!!! 

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Sep

22

Riverside County emergency services has implemented a new Emergency Management Department that the Board of Supervisors established in May and was effective July 1. They created a website (www.rivcoready.org/) to educate county residents on how to prepare, plan, and react in the case of an emergency. The website is very informative and worth taking a look at. It includes information on how to prepare an emergency kit for seniors/older adults, children, pets, and cars. The website also includes information on  how to prepare a plan, stay informed, and how to get involved in many organizations and groups that can assist in our community during disasters.

It is good to be prepared – check out the EMD site!!!!

Sep

16

It was a beautiful sight to see yesterday!  We received 1.34 inches of rain in Pine Cove……it’s not a lot, but it’s a start to what we hope will be a very wet winter!  It won’t be long, so come up, enjoy the beautiful weather!!

 

Sep

14

We have received another delivery of Rain Barrels for you to purchase.  We are selling these rain barrels to our customers for $57.19, provided the barrel is used in Pine Cove.  If you are buying a barrel and taking it off the hill, you do not qualify for the instant rebate, and you will need to pay the $70.00 full price that we paid.  Call now to reserve yours, or come by the office and pick yours up.

Aug

28

THEY ARE FINALLY ON THEIR WAY!!

We received notification this morning that the green Ivy rain barrels are in stock and will be shipped soon.  Available for pick -up 9/8/15. All components are included to start collecting and reusing your rainwater.

  • Dimensions: 42.5″ (h) x 22″ (w) x 18″ (I)
  • 50 gallons – Made in the USA!!!
  • 50% recycled plastic
  • Locking lid – All parts included
  • Linking capacity
  • 2 overflow ports
  • Meets EPA safety standards
  • Opaque HDPE material – Screened inlet

IVY RAIN BARREL / 50 GALLONS FOR $57.19.

Call our office at 659-2675 or stop by to reserve yours today.

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Aug

26

Saving water is not hard. We simply need to be smart about using what we have. Here are a few easy water conservation tips:

  • Never pour water down the drain, especially when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or for cleaning.
  • Make sure your home is leak free. Many homes have hidden water leaks.
  • Repair dripping faucets, toilets, and sinks. If your faucet is dripping at a rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons of water per year.
  • Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow control.
  • Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
  • Take shorter showers. Replace your shower head with an ultra-low version.
  • Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water.
  • Insulate your water pipes. You will get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects, and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • Plant smart. Drought efficient landscaping is a great way to design, install and maintain both your plants and irrigation system.
  • Check sprinkler systems and timing devices regularly to be sure they are operating properly.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulch also helps in controlling weeds that compete with landscape plants for water.
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose which can be adjusted down to a fine spray so that water flows only as needed.
  • Be aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules in your community.
  • Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, etc.) to the property owner and local water district/agency.

IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN REDUCING YOUR WATER USAGE, TRY TO DO ONE THING EACH DAY THAT WILL RESULT IN SAVING WATER. EVERY DROP COUNTS – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 

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Aug

19

The EWNS is part of a group of alert and warning tools used in Riverside County. The telephone alerting system allows public safety first responders to rapidly alert and warn the public in the event of small to medium sized emergencies. These may include wildfires, floods, hazardous materials, severe weather, and law enforcement incidents. The EWNS can make up to 250,000 calls per hour.  The primary phone number for every business and residence in Riverside County can register their numbers. You may add your cell phone and VoIP numbers via a secure website. To add these numbers, visit the Riverside County homepage; www.countyofriverside.us. 

For more information on the EWNS, visit the Riverside County Fire Department website at; www.rvcfire.org 

 

Aug

18

Here are a few tips to detect leaks inside your home:

Toilets:

Lift up your tank cover and put a couple drops of food coloring into your tank. Wait for about 15 -20 minutes. If you see the color inside your toilet bowl, you have a leak and your flapper valve is not working as it should. If you do not see any dye, you have a leak proof toilet. A leaky toilet can consume/waste up to 6,000 gallons per month and up to 10 gallons of water waste per hour.

Shower heads, Faucets, and Bathtubs:

Shower heads, faucets, and bathtubs can also leak. Check around your sink, faucets, and shower heads for wet spots, moisture, or a musky smell. The majority of faucet leaks are caused by worn – out washers which are inexpensive parts, however, a plumber, or a specialized tool may be required.

 

Early leak detection is key to avoid rot, structural damage, mold, and a pricey water bill.

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Jul

28

There will be a Candidates Forum at the Pine Cove Fire Department (located next door to the Water District office) Tuesday, August 4th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The forum is being sponsored by the Idyllwild Town Crier. PLEASE ATTEND and hear what your candidates have to say.

Ballots started being mailed out yesterday, July 27th. Please fill them out and mail them back by August 25th. There is not a designated polling place or station for this particular election. As an option, you can bring your ballots by the Pine Cove Water District and drop them in the outgoing USPS box out front.

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