Water Conservation, Since 1949

The Chino Basin Water Conservation District was formed in 1949 (see history below) to help protect and preserve the Chino Groundwater Basin for the San Bernardino County communities that rely on it as a water source. Our formal service area includes all or part of the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland.

The Waterwise Community Center is the public face of the District, offering our community no-cost resources and inspiration for water conservation.

We provide services to increase water supply, by recharging the Chino Groundwater Basin through the operation and maintenance of large-scale percolation basins. These properties capture stormwater runoff that would otherwise be lost, and allow it to be stored underground for later use by area water providers. In collaboration with other local agencies, we also manage these sites to allow for additional groundwater recharge though percolation of recycled and imported water.

We also focus on reducing water demand through community and conservation programs. We provide free resources, workshops, and programs to inspire and empower community members of all ages to be water stewards.

The Waterwise Community Center, located in Montclair, is free, and open to the public and offers a living example of how beautiful conservation can be. Come visit our Wilderness Park and demonstration gardens, attend a workshop, and learn more about all the services we have to offer.

We believe in sustaining water resources and in stewarding the environment because our region faces ongoing water challenges. Every day we support a resilient local water supply and create more vibrant, waterwise environments for Inland Valley residents, cities, and businesses. 

Explore our website and read our latest Annual Report to learn more about what we do and the impact we have in our community. To learn more about Special Districts you can visit districtsmakethedifference.org