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Events and Workshops

The Santa Clara Valley Water District participates in many community outreach events. If you would like information about the Water District attending your event, just click here to fill out the request form. Send your completed form to   For questions, please call (408) 630-2554. Event participation is dependent on staffing availability. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.


Name of Event/Workshop Description of Event Date Location
Replacing your Lawn with Drought-tolerant Native Plants

You stopped watering your lawn because of the drought and because you wanted something new, but now the “lawn” is full of weeds. What do you do? Come to this talk and be inspired to create a beautiful, water-wise garden! See a variety of no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas. Get professional tips on removing that weed-filled patch called a lawn, learn to choose climate-adapted native plants, and find out how you can qualify for landscape rebates. You’ll see how to have a lush landscape without water-hogging grass.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Campbell Branch Library, 77 Harrison Ave, Campbell
Innovations in Water Conservation As our economy and population grow, so must innovations in water conservation and water reuse. Garth Hall, Deputy Operating Officer with Santa Clara Valley Water District will offer an overview of water supply and demand locally and statewide. The District's most impressive innovation partnership is the new Advanced Water Purification Center, producing 8 million gallons a day of potable water. Small scale innovations are also advancing. Forrest Linebarger, CEO of Inhabiture will discuss smart irrigation controllers, time of use water meters, home water usage reports, and other water saving innovations for homes and businesses.

Garth Hall, Deputy Operating Officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Forrest Linebarger, CEO, Inhabiture

Contact Kit Gordon,

Sponsors: CalWater, Los Altos Environmental Commission, Los Altos Hills Environmental Initiatives Committee, Purissima Hills Water District, Santa Clara Valley Water District

March 12, 2015, 7:00 to 9:00 pm Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Rd, Los Altos, CA
Mastering Drip Irrigation: Strategies for correct watering in a drier CA climate

Come to this workshop, and our experts will show you how to do drip right. Your gardens will thrive, and California’s strained water supply will thank you. You will come away with the skills, tools, and confidence to design, install, maintain, and schedule drip properly. Your gardens will love you for it.

Cost before Feb 22: Foothill students: $35 (early bird until Feb.22); General public: $45 (early bird until Feb.22)

Cost after Feb 22: Foothill students: $45; General public: $55

Register through Eventbrite. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, March 14th, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Foothill College, Los Altos, Room 8338
How to Create Your Own Water-Wise Home and Landscape

With simple plumbing alterations and smart landscape changes, every home has the potential to create a sustainable water supply with an ecologically productive landscape. From reusing greywater, to collecting rainwater, to installing waterless composting toilets, our collective efforts can transform our home water systems.

Learn how you can transform your own home so it conserves and reuses our precious water resources, while growing a bountiful garden. This presentation will teach you how. It will also include national trends, codes and regulations, costs, health and safety considerations, and system examples.

Sponsors: GreenTown Los Altos, Sierra Club - Loma Prieta Chapter, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Contact Kit Gordon,


Monday, March 23, 2015

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Los Altos Library

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards & Water Conservation Expo

Recognizing the primacy of water to the health and economic vitality of our region and to the environment, the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards are presented to organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation in Silicon Valley (San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Alameda County from Hayward south).

Free lunch! Please RSVP at

Applications and nominations for the Water Awards will be accepted until February 27. For more details visit


Monday, March 23

Water Conservation Expo: 11am-noon

Water Awards Ceremony: Noon-1pm

Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Going Native Garden Tour

The 12th Annual Going Native Garden Tour is a free, self-guided tour of home gardens featuring California Native Plants that are water-wise, attractive, low maintenance, low on chemical use, and bird and butterfly friendly. 

Locations throughout Santa Clara Valley and the Peninsula.  Talks and native plant sales at select gardens. 

Free admission; registration is required.  Go to 


Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015

10:00 am to 4:00 pm


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