We received the following information from Kathleen Henderson from
CalFire…..please be prepared!
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.
Image courtesy of: podaac.jpl.nasa.gov
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.
- 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
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.
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!!!
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!!!!
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!!
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.
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.
Rain Barrel Spec Sheet
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.
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
Here are a few tips to detect leaks inside your home:
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.
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.
According to our Weather Station located at the Rocky Point Tank Site, we received 2.24 inches of rain over the weekend. That is a lot of rain for such a short period of time. Hope your rain barrels are overflowing!! Temperatures this week call for mid 70’s, however, raising to high 70’s into the weekend.
We are preparing for our August billing which should go out by August 5th. Please be sure to read the colored inserts which includes our newsletter filled with pertinent information regarding Pine Cove Water District News.
Rain Barrel Update: The new order of rain barrels are on back order with a target delivery date in mid August. We expect them to go fast!! You can call our office at 951-659-2675 to reserve yours now. We are offering these barrels to Pine Cove Customers only and there is a limit of 2 per account.
Just a reminder:
Please limit your watering to 2 times per week. We ask that you only water after 6:00 pm and before 8:00 am.
Lets all welcome AMR Ambulance to the hill. They used the Pine Cove Water District Board Room on Saturday, July 11th to host a meet and greet with Pine Cove Customers and offered free blood pressure checks. It was a huge success!!
The Board welcomes Tim Lange as the newest appointed Director, to fill the vacant seat for the Board of Director’s. He is also running for a permanent seat on the board in the upcoming election. Tim is a retired educator, School Counselor, and School Psychologist who devoted 30 years to school and special education.
Hope you all had a wonderful Forth of July!!!
The 14th annual Idyllwild Rotary sponsored parade begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 4th. After the parade, between Jo’An’s and the Fort, the Rotary is hosting a party. There will be inflatable bouncy houses for the kids, ring toss, Big Dev’s Down Home BBQ, and a chili cook – off. If you want to see fireworks you will have to venture off the hill. Soboba Casino will be doing a firework show at 9 pm on July 3rd. Valley Wide Parks and Recreation located at 901 W. Esplanade will be hosting fireworks at 9 pm on the fourth. You can also check out a fireworks show at Civic Center Park located at 73510 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert at 9 pm on the 4th.
Have a Safe Holiday and Happy Independence Day!!!!!
We will be re-paving the entire facility here at the Pine Cove Water District on Thursday, June 25th. We wanted to give you plenty of warning so you can make other arrangements that day as it will be very difficult, if not impossible to access the office. Along with the office, the blue post office box out front will not be accessible. The office staff will be available by phone with any questions or problems. You can reach us at 951-659-2675 from 9 am -4 pm.
Pine Cove Water District Rebate Program Effective 7/1/2015:
- Low Flow Toilets – 1/2 of purchase price, max $100.00 (1.6 or less gpm).
- High Efficiency, Front Loading Washing Machine, $50.00.
- Instant Hot Water Unit (Goes in under the sink) – 1/2 of purchase price, max $75.00.
- Hot Water Circulator -1/2 of purchase price, max $100.00.
- Smart Water System Installed on Outside Watering/Drip System – 1/2 off purchase price, max $100.00
- Rain Water Collection System – 1/2 off purchase price, max $100.00. Large extensive systems – max $200.00. District rain barrels do not count because the cost of each barrel is $70.00. We are giving you an instant rebate of $12.81 as we are only charging $57.19 each.
- Low Flow Shower Heads and Shower Adapters 2.0 gpm or less, adapters such as The Lady Bug – 1/2 off purchase price, max $25.00.
- Water retention on your own lot, such as limiting run off using rock, waddles, jute netting, etc. – 1/2 off purchase price, max $200.00.
- Any Commercial or multiple units requesting rebate from above categories, will be on a case by case basis – 1/2 off purchase price, max $200.00.
All rebates must be approved by the General Manager, in writing, and must include proof of purchase and installation, labor not included, and there will be no repeat rebates allowed for a minimum of 5 years. Within a fiscal year, the maximum total rebate is $250.00 per property, and the proof of purchase must be dated within the current fiscal year.
We still have a few green ivy rain barrels available for our Pine Cove Water Customers. All components are included to start collecting and reusing your rainwater. The 50 gallon barrels are $57.19 and are limited to 2 per account.
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
The billing was mailed out last Tuesday, June 2nd and is due on June 25th. If you have not received your bill, you can give us a call at 951-659-2675. We greatly appreciate you paying your bill in a timely manner and paying on time eliminates a late fee of $15.00 being added to your bill.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that Pine Cove Water District will be closed on Monday May, 25th. It is a good day of remembrance and reflection for many of the Freedoms we are fortunate to have. Happy Memorial Day. NEVER FORGET!!!! We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday May, 26th from 9 am – 4 pm.
1.64 inches of rain/melted snow and 3 3/4 inches of snow from last weeks storms were reported. The season total now stands at 20.26 inches of rain/melted snow and 27 3/4 inches of snow for the season. There is a chance of more rain on Thursday evening into Friday. We will keep you posted!!!
We still have 50 gallon rain barrels available for purchase of $57.19. All components are included to start collecting and reusing rainwater. Please call, email, or stop by the office if you are interested. We are located at:
24917 Marion Ridge Road (next door to the fire department)