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Program Notice

As part of our public safety response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is asking staff to telework. Valley Water’s priority is to maintain the health and safety of our workforce and community.

Immediately in effect for Water Conservation Programs, we are still able to serve you remotely for

If you reach our voicemail, please leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, address and any additional information, such as your rebate number, that can best help us assist you. We encourage electronic submittals of rebate applications, survey requests, or reporting water waste. No home visits will occur while the Shelter in Place order is active.

Please allow extra time for processing your requests. Additional water-saving resources can be found at www.SouthBayGreenGardens.org or through our Water Saving Video series. Thank you for your patience and for remembering that we are all in this together.

Free Gear

Chances are, you are using more water in your home or business than you should be. The water district offers free water conservation devices that can help you save water. 

  • Bathroom aerators *
  • Kitchen aerators  *
  • Shower timers 
  • Moisture meters/sensors
  • Toilet flappers
  • Water-wise seed packets to start your own water-wise garden!
  • Water conservation swag including colorful graywater stickers, static-cling stickers, magnets, tote bags, and pencil sharpeners
  • Yard signs for completed Landscape Rebate or Graywater Rebate projects
  • Table Tents for Restaurants “Drinking Water By Request”
  • Hotel “Linen Reuse” Cards
  • High-Efficiency Faucet Aerators – 0.5 gallons per minute (a limited number of 0.35 gallons per minute aerators are available. Get them while they last!)
  • Pre-Rinse Sprayers – 1.15 gallons per minute

* To receive these items, the first step is completing a free DIY Water Wise Indoor Survey.

For more information, call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.

Free Literature

 
Summary of Water Conservation Rebates and Free Services
Available to download or in print in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Contact us for copies. 
Landscape Rebate Program Overview
Available to download or in print in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Contact us for copies.
Graywater Rebate Program Overview
Available to download or in print in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Contact us for copies.
Water Conservation Programs for Multi-Family Residential, Commercial, and Institutional Properties
Available to download or in print. Contact us for copies.
Submeter Rebate Program Overview
Available to download or in print. Contact us for copies.
WET Rebate Program Overview
Available to download or in print. Contact us for copies.
Artificial Turf Frequently Asked Questions
Available to download or in print. Contact us for copies.
Getting Started with Graywater
Available to download or in print. Contact us for copies.
Rainwater Capture Frequently Asked Questions
Available to download or in print. Contact us for copies.
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A Guide to Easy Waterwise Gardening
Discusses low-water landscape design. Available in print only. Contact us for copies.
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A Guide to Mulch
Mulch is a key tool in landscape water conservation. Learn about different types of mulch, why it's important in the landscape and nature, how to apply it, and how to find local sources. Available in print only. Contact us for copies.
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Gardening for Wildlife with Native Plants
From Bay Nature Magazine, learn how native-plant landscapes can promote wildlife habitat in urban and suburban environments. Available in print only. Contact us for copies.
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Practical Plumbing Handbook

Provides you with useful information on conserving water and fixing many common problems such as leaky faucets, running toilets, and inefficient irrigation systems. This handbook explains just a few of the ways that you can conserve water while keeping your home in tip-top condition. It is not intended to help you fix major plumbing issues.

Available in print only in English or Spanish. Contact us for copies.

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Rules of Thumb of Water-Wise Gardening
A must-read for re-lanscaping your yard, including design, soil, watering wisely and hydrozoning, and landscape care and maintenance. Available in print only in English or Spanish. Contact us for copies.
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Soil Matters
Learn about different soil types in the Bay Area, how different soil layers interact, and why managing soils is essential to a water-efficient and healthy landscape. Available in print only. Contact us for copies.

 

Need more tips or a virtual home tour? 

Save Our Water Savings Virtual Home Tour: Water Savings Virtual Tour 

More Resources

  • Check out the California Urban Water Conservation Council's Video Library
    Contains a collection of water conservation 'How-To' videos from doing your own landscape or indoor water audits to installing permeable hardscapes, and more! 
     
  • 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.
     
  • EPA WaterSense
    WaterSense offers a wide variety of information, from a list of WaterSense-labeled products to a list of simple steps to save water each day.


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