Not all rain barrels are created equal. The “Ivy” rain barrel provides a new era of design innovation for an economical price. Available in forest green.  All components included to start collecting and reusing your rainwater!

Dimensions: 42.5”(h) x 22”(w) x 18″(l)

  • 50 gallons – • Made in the USA!
  • 50% recycled plastic
  • Locking lid – • All parts included
  • Barrels nest for easy storage
  • Linking capacity
  • 2 overflow ports
  • Meets EPA safety standards
  • Opaque HDPE material• Screened inlet

2 Ivys will easily fit in the back seat of a mid size sedan.

Ivy rain barrel / 50 gallons for $57.19.

This is a fantastic offer for Pine Cove customers only.  Must be used at your Pine Cove residence, and there is a limit of 2 per account.  We have 66 in stock! They will go fast, so don’t wait!

Call Amy at 951-659-2675 to reserve yours now.  You can also email her at Amy@pcwd.org.



The April bills are due by April 25th and late notices will be mailed on Monday April, 27th. Late charges will be applied to unpaid balances on Monday May, 11th. Feel free to contact us via email at Becky@pcwd.org or call the office at: 951-659-2675. You can always stop by the office for all inquiries as well. Our office hours are 9 -4 Monday – Friday. Have a good day!!!water-droplet-th



Today mark’s Earth’s Day 45th anniversary. The inspiration behind Earth Day arose from Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin. Earth day is celebrated globally each year to promote environmental protection. Here are some things we can all do to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Turn lights off when not in use
  • Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
  • For short errands walk, bike, or hike
  • Garden
  • Conserve Water
  • Save Energy
  • Clean up litter
  • Plant a tree, or two

Earth from www.grc.nasa.govPhoto Courtesy of: www.grc.nasa.gov.



It is no secret that California, and many other states, are experiencing some degree of drought. With summer right around the corner, warmer conditions can raise the possibility of drought. There are many actions we can take that can save water, both inside our homes and outside in our yards.

Water Conservation in your home:

  • Fix Water Leaks
  • Install water efficient toilets and shower heads
  • Take Shorter Showers
  • Turn off the the water while brushing your teeth
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines for only full loads
  • Educate and teach your children ways they can conserve water in the home
  • Insulate your water pipes to eliminate wasting water while it heats up

Water Conservation in your yard:

  • Plant drought resistant plants, lawns, and shrubs
  • Place a layer of mulch around your trees and plants
  • Deep Water
  • Install drip irrigation to eliminate water evaporation
  • Lose the Lawn
  • Avoid Over watering

Together, we can all conserve water. LET”S DO OUR PART!!!!water-droplet-th



Every winter the California Coast is visited by the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterflies lay their eggs on Milkweed Plants as early as March. Once they hatch, the youthful caterpillars rely on eating the milkweed to survive. We wanted to pass along this info to those of you who may be interested in planting some milkweed in your yard or garden area. A few CA native milkweed species to look for are: Butterflyweed Milkweed, Antelope – horns Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, California Milkweed, and Mexican Whorled Milkweed. Monarch butterfly





The District would like to introduce you to 2 new employees:

Please welcome Trevor Espie as Pine Cove Water District’s new Maintenance Worker II. Trevor graduated from Hemet High School in 2009. He is currently attending MSJC to obtain an AA in Water Technology. Trevor has his Distribution II and Water Treatment I certifications. His is also BLS First Responder and CPR certified. The PCWD is happy to have Trevor on board.


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Introducing Amy Righetti, as our Office Assistant/Conservation Specialist.  Amy is from the Idyllwild area, and has been with the District now for about 2 years on a temporary status.  Amy’s status has now been changed to Permanent/Part time.  Please come by the office and meet Amy!


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Front Load WasherWe wanted to let you know that we found a typo in our Newsletter which came out with your April bill.  The correct rebate for Front Load Washing machines is $50.00, not $100.00.  We apologize for the error.




Gracie, the office cat.

Gracie, the office cat.

The Board of Directors voted unanimously to raise the rates for Pine Cove Water District, effective 4/1/2015.  You will see that your advanced minimum went from $53.00 every two months to $57.00.  The tiered rates increased 20% across the board.  If you use 12,000 gallons of water over a two month period, the amount you are billed goes from $76.40 to $86.40, every two months, which would mean an increase to you of $5.00 per month, or $10.00 for the 2 month billing period.  Pine Cove Water District takes pride in serving our customers what we feel is the best tasting water on the hill, and we will continue to do the best job possible to make sure that we continue to do so.



Spring is in the air, and Summer will be here before you know it!

Now is the time to get your free compost and free wood chips!


Wood Chips



Lilly RockWinter has reared it’s beautiful head!!  Pine Cove received anywhere from 9 inches to 12 inches in some areas.  The main roads are clear, but some of the side roads, not maintained by County, are slushy, and 4WD is still needed.






Do Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes to spread out wash cycles.

Don’t hand wash your car.  Instead, take it to a car wash, where recycled water is used.

Do look for leaky faucets and running toilets.  Repairing a dripping faucet can save up to 150 gallons of water a week.

Don’t leave the sink running while brushing your teeth.  Install a bathroom sink aerator to slow the flow of water.

Do purchase water saving shower heads.  Or come into our District office, and we will give you a conservation kit for free!

Don’t take long showers.  Keeping showers under 5 minutes can save up to 1000 gallons of water per month.

Do store water in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run for cool water.

Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket!

Do collect water used to rinse fruit or vegetables, and use to to water your plants, both inside and out :)

Don’t keep water conservation tips to yourself!  Share, share, share!

Do aim to do at least one thing per day to conserve water




The Pine Cove Water District will be holding a Public Hearing on April 1, 2015 at 10:00 am in our Board Room.  This Public Hearing is being held to hear any concerns or comments that you, our customer, may have regarding the proposed rate increase.  We have sent out a special letter explaining why we are raising rates, and also what the rates will be.  Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns!



The billing was mailed on Monday, and you should receive your bill by Friday.  We had a few good size leaks, and we want to remind you that the most important thing you can do is to turn your water off, at your customer valve, when you leave for any extended period of time.  You are responsible for any water that goes through your meter, and Pine Cove Water District has never forgiven a water bill.  We also recommend that you use the shut off valve, located in your customer box, next to the meter, instead of or in addition to any shut off you might have closer to your house.  If your water is shut off at the house, and not by the meter, and a pipe breaks, it could be weeks before you ever see that water.

If you have a small leak, lets say 1 gallon per minute, for 30 days, that would be 43,200 gallons of water.  That size of a leak would cost you just under $400.00……..if that leak goes undetected for 2 months, that same bill would be $1000.00.  If you have a leak that’s 3 gallons per minute, the water going through the meter would be almost 130,000 gallons in one month……a bill that size will cost you about $1600.00……….and for 2 months, that same 3 gallon per minute leak would cost you over $7000.00……that is a lot of money to pay, and a lot of wasted water.

If you have not shut off your water, please call us and we will go out and shut the water off for you.  The fee to do that is $15.00, but that is a lot better than having to pay for a leak, because you didn’t shut your water off.





We have a leak in the Pine Cove Water District…..it’s running approximately 20 gpm….this is the equivalent of about 800,000 gallons of water a month.  If you did not shut your water off, before this last freeze, you need to check to make sure that you do not have a leak.  If you need us to go out and check for you, please call the office during normal working hours, and we will be happy to go out and check, but you will be charged a $15.00 service call fee.  If you see water running in your neighborhood, please call the office.  If it is a valid leak, we will give you a $25.00 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice, in Idyllwild. Keep your eyes open!  Someone someplace has a leak :(
Reward Flyer



We received about 3-4 inches of snow, and the temps are low, staying at about 27 degrees all day!  We have received a couple of calls today, asking if we shut off their water……we have not :)  If you don’t have water, you have frozen pipes…….please call our emergency # if you need help from the water district.  That number is 951-294-8282.  If you do not get an answer, leave a message, and someone will get back to you promptly.

Please have a safe and happy New Year!  See you next year!

Winter Scene





Merry Christmas!!

The office will be closed on Thursday December 25th, and Friday December 26th for the Christmas holiday.  If you have an emergency and you need to talk to someone at the Water District, please call our Field Foreman Jeremy Potter.  You can reach him at 951-296-8282.  If you get the voice mail, please leave your name, phone #, and your service address.  You will receive a phone call back.

Be safe, enjoy your holiday! and come to the mountains!!



My beautiful pictureIt is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I must let everyone know that our beloved Stitch passed away this morning after a brief illness.

Stitch was the Pine Cove Water District mascot and was loved my many.  He attended all water district meetings as well as many other meetings around Idyllwild.  Many of you will remember Stitch as the dog who rode around in the water district truck with Jerry.  He appeared in many of the Pine Cove Water District newspaper ads as well as in our newsletters and here on the blog and website.  Many politicians would envy all the publicity and popularity that Stitch garnered.

He loved riding all around Pine Cove and Idyllwild in the truck and hanging out with his buddy Jerry.  Sometimes if he didn’t think he got to ride around enough, he would refuse to get out of the truck upon his return to the water district office.   He would patiently sit in the truck and wait until Jerry was ready to roll again.  No amount of coaxing  could entice him to leave his seat.

Stitch was initially born and raised in Idyllwild, but for the past several years, he resided with his family, Art and Kirsten Torres, down in Hemet.  However, he visited Pine Cove often, as his home away from home was with Jerry and Katie Holldber.

It was always a treat when Stitch would arrive at the office.    He would hop out of the truck, come into the office,  push open the swinging gate and come back and greet Becky and Vicki.   Of course he was always greeted with open arms, a hug, some pets on the head and of course, some treats.  He would lounge about the office, greet customers and guests and patiently wait for his next ride.  He even had his own Category here on the blog!

If you wish to express your sympathy to either the Torres family or the Holldber family, please leave a comment here on the blog and we will pass your messages on to them.

Stitch was a one of a kind dog and he will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace buddy.  You had a great doggie life and you will live on in our hearts forever!



Pine Cove received 1.51″ of rain last week, and 1/4″ of snow.  We are expecting to get a little of the next storm that’s coming in! As we always like to remind you, now is the time to shut off your water, if you haven’t already done so!  snow scene



We have received 3.27 inches of rain in the month of December!!  What a great start for Winter!!

We had quite the thunder storm last night……rolling thunder….the sky was lighting up and the rain was coming down!  The temps are too high for snow, but we can keep hoping!

Bills are in the mail today, and they will be due on 12/29, instead of 12/25.

Drive safe out there today!Morning Fog



We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving…..filled with lots of love, family, and food!

If you’ve been following the news at all, you know that we have a winter storm coming!  Let’s hope that it hits our mountain village!

We are reading meters today and tomorrow, and will have the bills in the mail, no later than Thursday.  The bill is due on December 25th, but because of the holiday, the bill will be due on 12/29/14.  We want to remind everyone that it is time to shut off your water, if you have not already done so.  If you need us to shut it off for you, at your customer valve, please give Becky a call at 951-659-2675, and she will schedule it to be done. There is a $15.00 service call fee to have us do this. rain06