Landscape irrigation leaks can be hard to detect, but they can cost you big. Even a small leak can waste as much as 6,300 gallons of water per month. That's enough water to take 252 ten-minute showers!

To keep your irrigation system efficient, and reduce water waste, follow these simple tips:

1) Observe an irrigation cycle

Thanks to automated controllers, irrigation systems usually run while most people are asleep. If it has been a while since you’ve witnessed your system in action, do a “wet check.” Turn the system on and walk through your yard, looking for leaks or broken sprinkler heads. Do this at least once a season, but up to once a month.

2) Analyze your lawn

Observe your lawn immediately after you complete a watering cycle. Check for pooling water, which could indicate that you have an underground leak in the water line. Also look for erosion in your soil, which could be the result of a cracked or broken irrigation head. Broken heads are not technically a leak, but they can waste gallons of water every time your system operates.

3) Watch for turf imbalances

Unusually lush or fast-growing grass in just one location -- especially around an irrigation head -- could be a sign that you have a leak. Alternatively, inexplicable dry grass could indicate that a break in one zone is robbing pressure from another zone, and it is not being watered correctly.

4) Check your water bill

Slow leaks in irrigation pipes are exceptionally difficult to detect. You probably won't even know you have this type of leak unless you read your water bill. Look for a sudden spike in water consumption that is not related to indoor water use; it could be a clue that something is going on in your irrigation system. Pinpointing the source of the leak may require the services of a professional leak detection firm.

What to do

If you notice any of these problems, consult a licensed landscaper for a professional assessment of your irrigation system. Immediate repair could help you conserve water and save money, and it could save you from even larger leak-related problems down the road.

Dr. J. Wayne Miller Appointed Board President

Placentia, Calif. – Yorba Linda Water District’s new Board Members were officially sworn into office on Thursday, December 8, just prior to the District’s regularly scheduled Board Meeting.  The four new Directors, then took to the dais and the unanimously voted Dr. J. Wayne Miller as Board President.  The Board also unanimously appointed Director Al Nederhood as Vice President.  Director Andy Hall and Director Brooke Jones now join Director Phil Hawkins on the YLWD Board.

The New Director Bios:

J. Wayne Miller, PhD

Board President - Term: December 2020

Dr. J. Wayne Miller received a BS degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a PhD degree from the California Institute of Technology, both in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Miller worked at UNOCAL for twenty years and then at Sunoco as VP of Technology and Development. There he was responsible for product innovation and technology implementation and managed a national race fuels business.  He has held several national chair positions.

In 2001, he started teaching at UC-Riverside in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, including courses on water quality and processing. He is an advisor on the AQMD Clean Fuels Program and was a member of the OC Water District Citizens Desalination Committee. 

In 2007, he was a member of a team that received a national EPA Climate Change Award.

Dr. Miller and his wife Wendy have resided in Yorba Linda for 35 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Al Nederhood

Board Vice President - Term: December 2018

Director Nederhood is a retired college president.  He was also president of the nonprofit, KidWorks, in Santa Ana.  He has been married for forty-five years with four children and twelve grandchildren. He has lived in Yorba Linda for the past 30 years.

Director Nederhood graduated from Long Beach State University with a BA in History.  He has a Secondary (grades 7 -12) Life Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Central Michigan University.



Andrew J. Hall

Board Director - Term: December 2020

Director Hall is a Supervising Engineer for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. He has lived in Yorba Linda since 2012 and he and his wife have three children. He participates actively in his church and in the Boy Scouts of America.

Director Hall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering both from Utah State University.




Brooke Jones

Board Directors - Term: December 2018

Director Jones worked at Rockwell in Anaheim and Newport Beach as an engineer/manager for 30 years. Director Jones has been a Yorba Linda resident since 1978.

Director Jones earned a B.A. Degree in Physics from CSUF, and an M.S. Degree in Materials Science from the University of Southern California.

Notice is hereby given that on April 14, 2016, the Board of Directors will consider adoption of an Ordinance entitled: “ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THEYORBA LINDA WATER DISTRICT REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 15-01 AND ADOPTING AFLEXIBLE WATER SHORTAGE ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY STRUCTURE”. This Ordinance establishes a flexible water shortage administrative penalty structure that will allow the Board of Directors to enact or suspend an appropriate stage of penalties based on a finding regarding the District’s customers’ water usage, the District’s water supply shortage stage under its water shortage contingency ordinance, the State Water Resources Control Board’s percentage of conservation mandate to the District, or any other finding consistent with the ordinance.  A certified copy of the complete text of the Ordinance is posted and may be read at the Yorba Linda Water District’s Administration Building, 1717 East Miraloma Avenue, Placentia CA 92870 or on the District’s website (