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Water Conservation

Drought Watch 2014

In consideration of the worsening water supply outlook for Santa Clara County, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution calling for mandatory measures to reach a water use reduction target equal to 20 percent of 2013 water use.


 New Rebate Increases: 

Water conservation rebates have increased! As of April 22, certain rebate amounts for several key programs have doubled, while others have increased significantly. These increases are temporary, through June 30, 2015, and certain restrictions apply. To download a flyer that summarizes these changes, click here.

  • Landscape Rebate videosLandscape Conversion Rebate Program. Rebates have increased to $2 per square foot for converting high water using landscape to qualifying low water using landscape. For more information, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.
  • Irrigation Hardware Upgrades Rebate Program.  Several irrigation hardware rebates have increased, for dedicated landscape meters, flow sensors and hydrometers, and Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers.  Click here for more information.

  • Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program. Receive up to $200 per residential site for properly connecting a clothes washer to a graywater irrigation system. Click here for more information or call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 to schedule a pre-inspection.

  • Commercial Rebate Programs:  Several rebates for commercial facilities have increased, including the rebate for Connectionless Food Steamers, Commercial High-Efficiency Clothes Washers and the Custom/Measured Rebate Program.  Click here for more information.

Program Changes, As of January 1st:

As of January 1st, these programs were added or had their rebate increased:

  • NEW High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program. Replace your inefficient toilets and you may be eligible to receive up to $125 per PREMIUM model High-Efficiency Toilet and up to $50 per Non-PREMIUM High-Efficiency Toilet, no pre-inspection required. Click here for more information.

  • New rebate amounts for the Residential High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program. Purchase and install a qualifying high-efficiency clothes washer and you may be eligible to receive up to $200 for a combined Water Agency and PG&E Rebate on a qualifying Energy Star Most Efficient clothes washer, or up to $50 for a Water Agency Rebate on a qualifying CEE Tier 3 qualifying clothes washer. Click here for more information.

  • NEW Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. Water conservation research grants for agencies and organizations to study and pilot-test new and innovative water conservation programs and efficient technologies are now being offered. The primary goal is to identify water savings devices and strategies that can assist the district in meeting its long-term water savings goal of 98,500 acre-feet per year by 2030. Click here for more information.

  • NEW rebate amounts for the Submeter Rebate Program. As of Jan 1, 2014, rebate amounts have increased for submeters. Mobile home parks and condominium complexes can receive up to $150 per installed submeter for changing from a master water meter to individual water submeters. Click here for more information.

Fall Back! Time to reduce landscape watering

It’s easy to save 20 gallons a day! 

We use over one half of our water on landscaping, so the biggest water savings is in the landscape! One way to cut down on water use in the garden is to incorporate organic matter in your soil. A three inch layer of compost turned into your soil at a six inch depth (about a shovel blade depth) is estimated to increase the water holding capacity of that soil two and a half times more than it would normally hold. Soils augmented in this manner can provide plants with water for up to one week between watering.

The savings don’t have to stop there. You could receive a rebate by upgrading your irrigation system or converting your high water using landscape with climate appropriate landscape. Visit or call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 to find out if you qualify prior to making any changes.

Interested in downloading one of our flyers? Click on the following links to download a flyer:

Water-Wise House Call Program  

A Water-Wise House Call is the Santa Clara Valley Water District's FREE home water use survey that helps identify opportunities where you can conserve water. Conducting a house call involves calculating water use, teaching you how to read your water meter, surveying the irrigation system, and showing you simple ways to save water both inside and outside the home.

Take a Water-Wise House Call virtual tour:

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What are the benefits of a Water-Wise House Call?

In addition to possibly lowering your water bill, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are using a precious resource efficiently. Less water down the drain also means that you are willing to help protect the bay’s salt marsh habitat and its endangered species.

During a Water-Wise House Call, a surveyor will:
  • Replace leaking toilet flapper valves if needed and requested.
  • Measure your showerhead flow rates and install free showerheads if needed and requested.
  • Measure faucet flow rates and provide faucet aerators for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Evaluate the efficiency of your irrigation system.
  • Provide you with a personalized irrigation schedule.
  • Identify irrigation leaks, broken or mismatched sprinkler heads, high water pressure, and other common irrigation problems.
  • Develop a prioritized list of how you can start using water as efficiently as possible.

How do I sign up?

To suit your schedule, Water-Wise House Calls are available for Santa Clara County residents and apartment managers Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours.

To schedule an appointment, call 1 (800) 548-1882, or click here to submit an online Water-Wise House Call request.*

*San Jose Water Company customers need to call (408) 279-7900 to schedule a free Water Audit Report. To find your water retailer, click here.

Visit "Sprinklers 101" for a wealth of Irrigation Info
This web portal, created by the California Association of Water Agencies as part of their Save Our Water campaign, is a one-stop shop for homeowners and professionals looking for information and online resources on water-efficient irrigation. Homeowners will find easy-to-understand information about how residential sprinkler systems work, information on drip irrigation and other smart ways to reduce landscape water use, as well as loads of online resources. To go to the site, click here.

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