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…’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



Thanksgiving-BottlecapPine Cove Water Districts wants to wish all of our customers a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Please drive safe, and enjoy the time your spending with family and friends.



Hello Readers.  I just wanted to let you know that I am still on a blogging hiatus for a few more months.  Due to health issues, I will be off until February 1st, 2015.  Even though I won’t be posting any new articles for a while, all the present information will remain up and on the blog.  I look forward to getting well and returning to my duties here at the water district.

Don’t forget you can go to the water district website at for information as well.

Happy Holidays!  Vicki



Sunday and Monday brought some heat to the hill, but as of yesterday, it has cooled off beautifully!  Day time temps are in the high 60’s or low 70’s and night time temps are in the 50’s.  This is the most pleasant of weather.  Sleeping is wonderful as well with the cooler evenings.  No need for fans or air conditioners up here folks!   It doesn’t get better than this here in Pine Cove.  Now if we would get some rain, all would be perfect with the world.

Summer Sun



Here at the Pine Cove Water District, we send out water bills every other month on the even months.  So June is a billing month.  Bills were mailed on June 2nd and are due on June 25th.  If you have not received your bill, you can give us a call at 951-659-2675 and we can tell you that amount that is due.

We accept cash, checks and Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards.  We can take a credit card payment over the phone or at the counter and there is a $2.50 fee that is charged by the company that processes the payments for us.  You can also pay us through your online banking if that is how you prefer to pay your bills.

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 bills are handled.

We greatly appreciate you paying your bill in a timely manner and paying on time prevents a late fee of $15 from being added to your bill.






In an effort to reduce water usage out of doors, but still be able to garden, one option is a self watering container.  They are an excellent choice because the water is contained under the plant and therefore does not evaporate and is available to the plant 24/7, which makes over or under watering impossible.  As long as the water reserve has water in it, the plant takes what it needs when it needs us and pretty much cuts the human out of the equation all together.  Which brings me to my next point.  Self watering containers free up your time.  Instead of being a slave to watering the garden, you just make sure the containers are kept full and that is all you have to do.  While you can use a drip or soaker system on a timer, these methods take more effort to install and the squirrels love to reek havoc on drip system parts.  Luckily, they cannot do much damage to a self watering container.

So if these self watering containers are so fabulous, why isn’t everyone using them?  Well, price is a big obstacle.  They are fairly expense when compared to other types of containers of a similar size.  Plus, what if you want to make a raised bed veggie garden for instance?  The amount of containers you would have to buy would be extensive.  So what is the solution?

A self watering raised be garden of course.  I found this video over at, where they show how they made a self watering raised bed garden using a 55 gallon drum cut in half.  Genius!  Why didn’t I think of that?  Here is the video.

I think this is a fabulous way to have your cake and eat it too. All the benefits of a raised bed garden combined with the benefits of a self watering container. What could be better? If you try this in your garden, let us know! Send us pictures or video and we will post it here on the blog. Also if you discover how to make any improvements to this design, let us know. I will be trying this in my own garden. I think it would be great.



The June bills have been mailed and the Stage One water conservation rates will be in effect.  What does this mean for you?  Not much.  Since we use a tiered rate system, the rates in Stage One do not increase until the 18,000 to 24,000 gallon level.  Most customers will not see an increase in their bill unless they use a large amount of water, so most customers will not notice the increase.  If you use less than 18,000 gallons each billing period, your rates will not increase.

Remember, Stage One is voluntary compliance.  We are asking you to conserve water whenever possible.  By conserving water voluntarily now, that means there will be more water later and conserving now could possibly mean that moving into Stage 2 could be delayed or possibly avoided altogether.  Our goal here at the Pine Cove Water District is to be sure that there is always an adequate amount of water for everyone.  If we work together, we can get through these tough water times.

We have water saving kits available here in the office, free to all Pine Cove water customers.  Just stop in and ask for yours today.  Our office is located at 24917 Marion Ridge Road here in Pine Cove.  We are right next to the fire station.  Our blog and website also offer many excellent tips and suggestions for saving water indoors as well as outdoors.  So we hope you will comply and voluntarily conserve water.




Last week we had quite the wild weather!  The thunder and lightening storm on Thursday afternoon was pretty intense.  The thunder was so close and so loud it sounded like it was sitting right on top of Pine Cove.  The hail was a surprise as well.  I actually saw the snow plow go by my house!  You just never know what is going to happen here on the mountain.  While all moisture is welcome, that was a bit much for the end of May.

This week the forecast is for something much calmer luckily.

Detailed Forecast

  • Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Thursday Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 56. West wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 68.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 64.
  • Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 50.
  • Monday Sunny, with a high near 69.
  • Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
  • Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 69.

As we move into the summer season, please be mindful of the extreme fire danger that is ever present.  Over Memorial Day weekend, one of our board members spotted 3 different visitors to the hill, flicking cigarette butts out of their car windows.  It will only take one to light a forest fire.  Please remind all your guests who visit you here on the hill, to be mindful as well.  And be sure to do your fire abatement around your mountain home and property.  It is important that everyone comply with this because if you don’t, you can put not only yourself in danger, but your neighbors and the whole hill as well.







I have completed the CERT training that was held at the Nature Center on May 16th, 17th and 18th.  It was an intense, 20 hour course on emergency preparedness.  They cover a lot of information in 20 hours and at the very least, you will learn how to take care of yourself and your family after a disaster.   Some people will go on to form teams and help their community after a disaster.  The main focus is on being prepared and keeping yourself and your family safe as well as how to help others in a safe way.  We learned what is safe for us to do and what is not.  CERT team members cannot do the same things that trained fire fighters or paramedics can do, however, they are an important link between those who need assistance and the professionals.

Any adult can take CERT training classes regardless of their physical abilities.  After a disaster there are many jobs to be done and there is something for everyone to do.  Perhaps you can’t perform physical rescues, but you could do paper work.  CERT is not just about running into buildings and saving people or putting out fires.  While those things are important, there are many other tasks that need done as well. Volunteers trained in CERT also offer a potential workforce for performing duties such as shelter support, crowd control and evacuation. The role of a CERT volunteer is to help themselves and to help others until trained emergency personnel arrive.

And even if all you learn is how to take care of yourself and your family, that is a huge help after a disaster because it means you are part of the solution and not part of the problem.  By being prepared and taking care of yourself and your family, you are freeing up resources that can be used elsewhere.  After a disaster, there will be so much need that emergency services will be stretched to their limits and here on the hill, we will be one of the last areas to receive help because there will be so much need off the hill.   I believe the ratio quoted to us was one emergency services person for every 1500 people.

So, as you can see, it will be rough getting help after a disaster.  It is best to be prepared to fend for yourself for several days, if not a week or more.  Learn what to do and how to prepare now.  Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.  Next time there is a CERT training class, sign up and go.  It is free of charge and you will take away tons of helpful information.  An investment of one weekend, could save you or someone you love’s life.

Here is a link to their websites so you can read all about CERT, the training and what it’s purpose is.