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Conservation Tips


Find a variety of tips and links to resources to help you save water inside and outside your home, and at your business.


Our video library includes tips to conserve water, virtual workshops and summits, and information about sustainable projects like installing graywater systems or rain gardens. 

Water Saving videos 

For homeowners and residents

  • Home tour: Take a virtual tour of a water-efficient home. Try this interactive tour too!

  • Quick tips: Californians use on average 196 gallons of water per person per day compared to only 111 gallons per person per day in Santa Clara County. These quick tips will help you save!

  • Cleaning hardscapes: Cleaning hardscapes outside your home doesn’t need a lot of water, if water is allowed at all. Using a broom can clean most hardscapes. Spot-cleaning with a bucket and coarse brush is another option. Pressurized waterbrooms can clean outdoor surfaces just as well as a hose and nozzle with as little as 2.8 gallons per minute (versus 8 to 18 gallons per minute with a hose). Waterbrooms use a combination of air and water pressure to help the work area dry in minutes (avoiding slip hazards) while removing dirt and food spills.

  • Get free gear: Learn about free water saving devices, and how to find and fix leaks. Get free gear here.

For businesses and multi-family complexes

Services available from Valley Water

Ideas to get you started

Using water more efficiently can reduce your business’s risk to future water shortages and increasing costs. Whether you manage an office building, school, hotel, hospital, restaurant, or another type of facility, it’s important to ask:

  • What Water Savings Strategies should you pursue and prioritize? The best place to start in familiarizing yourself with options for your business to save water and money while conserving our natural resources.

  • What are the Best Management Practices for your business to be implementing already? Provides an overview of tips for operating, maintaining, retrofitting options, and calculating savings potential and Return-On-Investment of technologies and behaviors to implement.

  • What free tools and resources are available to identify where you can save? Offers water assessment checklists that range from simple and easy to use, to targeted for specific facilities like hotels and multi-family properties. 

  • How can you better measure your water use so you can manage it? This free online Portfolio Manager tool from Energy Star will help! Join the 40% of commercial buildings in the US that already use this free tool for managing your energy and water use today.

Multi-family properties


  • Learn how to assess, upgrade, and track water savings by joining more than 860 hotels in the US in the H2Otel Challenge. You’ll find case studies, webinars, and easy to use tools to save water and money while maintaining the level of service your guests expect.


Call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or email us at [email protected].