MMWD customer Edward DeMayo was looking for ways to reduce his water use and his water bill. For this orthopedic surgeon, MMWD’s Tier 4 Exemption Program proved to be just what the doctor ordered.
To qualify for the Tier 4 Exemption, homeowners complete a checklist of water-efficiency improvements, such as replacing thirsty landscaping with water-wise plantings and installing low-water-use fixtures. Once the fixes are verified through a site visit, the property becomes exempt from Tier 4 water rates, ensuring that water is billed at no higher than Tier 3. The exemption lasts two years and can be renewed through another site visit.
Ironically, after completing the checklist Dr. DeMayo found the exemption was no longer needed—the upgrades alone were enough to bring the household water use below Tier 4! In fact, from 2008 to 2010 the DeMayos slashed their water consumption nearly in half.
To learn more about the Tier 4 Exemption Program, visit our website or contact the Water Conservation Department at (415) 945-1520.