Water Supply & Conservation
EBSD provides fresh water supply under contract with the Laguna Beach County Water District (LBCWD). LBCWD administers all water billings and its water crews maintain all pipelines and connections/disconnections. EBSD passes through the water rates with NO ADDED CHARGES.
- LBCWD’s Customer Service phone number is 949-494-1041
Smart Meters. Smart water meters were installed at all residences by EBSD to help promote water conservation. These water meters allow the customer to know the water consumption on an hourly basis. This will help the customer not only know the household water usage, but also to help detect any leaks. Continuous water usage is a sure sign of a water leak.
- For more information, contact EBSD at 949-494-8572.
Backflow Testing. EBSD provides annual backflow prevention device testing. As required by California Law, each water provider is required to test that the water supply to customers does not allow any “dirty water” to enter a customer’s water supply. These tests are conducted annually at various locations throughout Emerald Bay.
Water Conservation Tips. Southern California has experienced a series of droughts, and EBSD encourages water conservation.
The water system consists of approximately 6 miles of 4 to 8-inch pipelines that serve the approximate 540 homes of Emerald Bay. In addition, the Emerald Bay Community is divided into three water pressure zones: the highest zone serves the 1400 to 1600 block and the upper portion of the 550 block. The middle zone serves all of the customers north of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) except for the 700 block and the 200 and 300 blocks. The lower zone serves the areas north of PCH (700 block and 300 block and 200 block) and all of the area south (beachside) of PCH. In addition, the EBSD has two pressure reducing vaults that allow the District to serve the lower zones in case of water loss in the upper zones.
Water Supply Source
The water supplied to Southern California comes from two basic sources: the Colorado River and the State Water Project. More information on those can be found at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) websites.