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Water Conservation Programs for your Home

The City’s water system serves 92,000 people who live in our water service area. Together, single Home with landscaping in frontfamily and multiple family residential customers account for about 65 percent of system water use, or about 2.3 billion gallons per year.

The average single family home in Santa Cruz uses 226 gallons of water per day, and about 3/4 of that water goes to indoor water uses. Outdoor use varies widely according to the season, lot size, and landscaping characteristics.

The city offers several programs to help you reduce water use at your home.


The Water Conservation Office offers rebates for high efficiency toilets, for high efficiency clothes washers, and for replacing a water thirsty lawn with a low water use landscape.
High efficiency toilet--up to $150
High efficiency clothes washer--$100
Lawn removal--$0.50 per square foot removed

hws Home Water Survey
Our water conservation specialist will make a house-call to evaluate your water use indoors and outdoors. We’ll provide site-specific recommendations to help you save water and control your utility bill.
landscapes For Landscapes
Browse through our library of landscape and irrigation resources, including the essential Water Smart Gardening database.
Dripping Faucet Find and fix a leak
Check out these tips for dealing with common leaks in the home
Bathroom faucet aerators

Available in our office
Stop by the Water Conservation Office to pick up free water conservation devices, toilet leak detectors, and water conservation literature.

Water meter Reading your water meter
Learn how to use your meter to keep track of your water usage and check for leaks.
How to read your meter
Meter reading log
Water Saver Home Useful links
Water Calculator--Developed by the Alliance for Water Efficiency, this tool helps you calculate how much water you use and where you can conserve.
Water Conservation Tips--This tool, created by the California Urban Water Conservation Council, guides you through water saving opportunities in the home.


Last updated: 6/18/2014 4:26:37 PM