Important Program Note:
Despite a vastly increased budget during the drought, Santa Clara Valley Water District's funding for certain programs, such as the Landscape Rebate Program, is nearly depleted for the current fiscal year. We are still scheduling pre-inspections and accepting applications, however there is no guarantee your project will be approved for a rebate. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Applications processed after funding is exhausted will be placed on a waiting list in case additional funds are added at a later date.
Click here for more information about the program and how to participate.
NEW! Landscape Conversion
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By incorporating water efficient gardening techniques, you can create a beautiful garden while reducing irrigation water usage from 20 to 80 percent. The following Santa Clara Valley Water District programs can help you conserve water.
Interested in downloading the Landscape Rebate Program flyer? Click on the following link to download: Landscape Rebate Program Flyer
Click here for the Drought Survival Lawn Care tip sheet.
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Water Wise House Calls
Are you concerned about high water bills and would you like to use less water? Sign up today for a FREE House Call. House Calls are available for Santa Clara County residents. Trained water surveyors will come out to your home or apartment complex and spend at least an hour with you, reviewing your water use, providing low-flow showerheads and aerators (if needed), and suggesting water-wise recommendations - including an irrigation schedule for your landscape. A Water Wise House Call is required for homeowners prior to participating in the Landscape Rebate Program.
To learn more about the Water Wise House Call Program, click here: Water-Wise House Call Program.
San Jose Water Company customers, please call (408) 279-7900 to request a Water Audit.
To find out your water retailer, click here.
Landscape Rebate Program
The Landscape Rebate Program is designed to assist homeowners and commercial, industrial and institutional property owners increase efficiency in outdoor water use by converting qualifying high water using landscape and/or upgrading to high efficiency irrigation equipment. Simple changes in plant type and irrigation methods can greatly reduce the water required for an attractive landscape. There are many plants that use surprisingly little water. There are also several irrigation equipment upgrades that can increase your irrigation system’s efficiency which can result in saving water and saving money. The first step is to participate in the Water Wise House Call Program.
Click here for more Landscape Rebate Program information.
Important Program Note
Sites that have been denied participation in the Landscape Rebate Program for not meeting the initial program eligibility requirements will not be allowed to re-apply for the rebate within three (3) years of the initial pre-inspection or denial date, whichever is the latter.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response to participate in the Landscape Rebate Program, we are currently experiencing a backlog in scheduling pre-inspection appointments. While we are taking steps to address this, customers are encouraged to stop watering their lawn areas as they wait for their scheduled appointment. Dead or stressed lawns will qualify for the rebate as long as the lawn is still in place at the time of the pre-inspection. Lawns that have been removed will not qualify. The District is recommending that after the pre-inspection and application approval is complete, customers complete their projects in the fall when cooler temperature will better support plant establishment and will require less supplemental irrigation.
For a list of Landscape Professionals that have had experience working with the Landscape Rebate Program, click here.
Water Efficient Landscaping Workshops and Events
Throughout the year, the Water District offers landscape workshops and other related classes and events to Santa Clara County residents. In addition to these classes and events, other agencies in the area provide workshops and programs on landscape topics - click here for more information.
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For Commercial Sites and Apartments
Landscape Rebate Program
The Landscape Rebate Program is designed to assist homeowners and commercial, industrial and institutional property owners increase efficiency of outdoor water use by converting qualifying high water use landscape and/or upgrading to qualifying high efficiency irrigation equipment. Simple changes in plant type and irrigation methods can greatly reduce the water required for an attractive landscape. There are many plants that use surprisingly little water. There are also several irrigation equipment upgrades that can increase your irrigation system’s efficiency which can result in saving water and saving money. Click here for more Landscape Rebate Program information. For a list of Landscape Professionals that have had experience working with the Landscape Rebate Program, click here.
Landscape Field Survey
Commercial, industrial, institutional, and multi-family complexes within Santa Clara County may be eligible for a free landscape field survey. Professional irrigation auditors perform free site evaluations to assist large landscape sites better manage and improve landscape water usage. Landscape field surveys have shown potential savings of up to $1,000 per year per acre of landscape. All commercial, industrial and institutional sites as well as multi-family complexes in Santa Clara County with a minimum of ½ acre of irrigated landscape and/or 1000 ccf of annual irrigation water usage may be eligible for a complimentary landscape field survey. To learn more about the Landscape Field Surveys, click here.
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For landscape professionals
Landscape Professionals List
For a list of landscape design, construction, and/or maintenance companies that have worked with three or more Landscape Rebate Program participants, click here. This list is intended to help participants find landscape professionals that have had experience with the Landscape Rebate Program but is not intended to be an endorsement of any one company. If you wish to be added to, or removed, from this list, or have general questions, please contact Ashley Carter at (408) 630-2951 or email@example.com.
Qualified Water Efficiency Landscapers (QWEL) List
QWEL is a certification program developed to educate landscape professionals and their customers on the benefits of sound landscape design, management and irrigation practices. For more info about QWEL, click here.
Trained in water-wise landscape practices including plant selection, irrigation system design and water management, a QWEL graduate will help meet your landscape needs while keeping your outdoor water use in check. Find a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper in your area.
Irrigation training workshops for professionals
Designed for landscape professionals, these workshops focus on the latest in water efficient landscaping and irrigation techniques. Classes in both English and Spanish use classroom and field settings. To be added to our mailing list, call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554, or e-mail us. For more information, click here.
Best management practices (BMPs) for turf and landscape irrigation
The Irrigation Association has developed Best Management Practices (BMPs) that benefit landscapes, both large and small. For more information, go to the Irrigation Association website: http://www.irrigation.org/landscapebmps/
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- The City of Mountain View is pleased to announce the launching of the “Mountain View Green Garden Showcase” program; the goal is to highlight environmentally-friendly gardens inside Mountain View to be used as examples and inspiration for the community. For more information, go to www.gardenshowcase.mountainview.gov.
- The Bay Area EcoGardener Work Group at www.bayareaecogardens.org includes a compilation of resources on water conservation, composting, integrated pest management, stormwater pollution prevention, and climate appropriate landscaping. The website also includes an events calendar and a water calculator so you can figure out how much water your landscape really needs.
- Visit the California Landscape Contractors Association’s Certification Program to learn about certified landscape contractors or click here to view a list of CLCA certified landscape contractors.
- Demonstration Gardens offer great ideas for your water-wise garden. Water-efficient demonstration gardens are wonderful sources of inspiration and practical information. All are open to the public at no cost.
Looking for plants that are water-wise? Many nurseries in the Bay Area carry such plants and other water-efficient materials.
- Looking to install beautiful, low-maintenance landscaping that won't burst your water budget? Just click on over to San Jose Water Company's GardenSoft website for some ideas to get your started.
- For information about EPA WaterSense certified products, along with water savings tools and tips, please click here.
For more information, call the District's Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554, or check out these organizations:
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