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Water Conservation Programs for Businesses

Downtown Santa CruzThe City of Santa Cruz Water Department provides water to over 1,900 commercial and industrial accounts within the service area, accounting for 920 million gallons per year, or about 26% of total system water use. Commercial customers are billed for water and sewer service based on the volume of water consumed. Conserving water can lower your cost of doing business by reducing your water, sewer, and energy expenses.

The City offers several programs to encourage commercial customers to use water-saving technology to reduce water use.

Smart Business Rebate Program

The City of Santa Cruz offers rebates to commercial customers on the following water saving fixtures and appliances:Smart Business Rebates

  • High-Efficiency Clothes Washer: $400
  • High-Efficiency Toilet: $200
  • High-Efficiency Urinal: $300  

More information on the Smart Business Rebate Program

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Green Business Program

The Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program is a partnership of environmental agencies, utilities, and nonprofit organizations that assist, recognize, and promote businesses that volunteer to operate in an environmentally responsible way. Find out how you can become a certified Green Business! --»» more info


Plumbing Fixture Retrofit Regulations

When real estate is sold, all properties in the City’s water service area, including commercial and industrial buildings, are required to be retrofitted with toilets, showerheads, and urinals that meet the current plumbing code.  --»» more info

Free Water Conservation Devices and Information


Find out about how to get free showerheads, faucet aerators, toilet leak detection dye tablets, booklets and more.  --»» more info

Last updated: 2/12/2014 7:37:32 AM