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Wise Up Your Water Use

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This content was created in partnership with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

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Image of mosquito larvae swimming in stagnant water.

Are You Water Wise?

If you keep seeing mosquitoes in your neighborhood, the reason might be in your own yard ... 

We want to help you create a healthy home and environmentally conscious community. So we've partnered with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District to help you wise up your water use and get rid of mosquitoes.

Do you have stagnant water 💦 on your property?

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Anything that holds water can breed mosquitoes.

Do you have containers, plant saucers, and anything else that can retain water on your property?

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Remember to Tip 'N Toss stagnant water each week.

Do you have dense vegetation 🌳 where mosquitoes rest from the heat on your property?

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Mosquitoes like to hang out in cool & shady areas.

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then you're attracting mosquitoes & not using water wisely. 

When we have stagnant water in our yard, we breed mosquitoes & affect everyone in our community. Whereas water used properly can be a great ecological step forward for your household. 


#1) Tip 'N Toss stagnant water once a week 

Checking for stagnant water around your home takes only 10 minutes. Our tip to you is to do it on trash day since you're already outside. You can also test Your Water Knowledge with Upper District’s Swag Bag Giveaway (from March 7th to May 30th).

#2) Check for leaks

Did you know minor water leaks account for nearly a trillion gallons of wasted water each year and is equal to annual household water use in nearly 11 million homes?! That’s a lot of water. So, it's Upper District’s goal to inspire residents and commercial property owners to be aware of their water usage and nip water leaks at the drip! 

Fix a Leak week is from March 14-20th, 2022 & the Upper District encourages families to check for water leaks and drips throughout the home. It's also an opportunity to teach kids about water conservation and water resources. 

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#3) Landscape mosquitoes out 

Many SoCal yards have non-native plants that grow densely with large leaves that provide resting places for mosquitoes to beat the heat. You can ditch the density & landscape mosquitoes out with CA Native plants

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Image of a beautifully landscaped California Native Plant Garden.

The Upper District also offers perfect water-efficient and mosquito-free yard classes (register HERE).

Drought Resilient Lawn Care

March 10th | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

March 22nd | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Herb Gardening: Beyond Basil

April 7th | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

April 26th | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

#4) Protect yourself with repellent

Wear repellent when outdoors & reapply as directed on the label. Only use repellent that has 1 of these 4 active ingredients:

Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus



or IR3535

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The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District will guest star in the Be Water Wise & Bite-Free episode of the Bite Back Tour on March 17th from 11:00 AM t0 11:45 AM. Tune in to learn what it means to be in a drought, where water comes from, and how water use efficiency programs are available to them.

Learn more about the Be Water Wise & Bite-Free episode 💦


🖋 Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant