Water Conservation

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Posted by 96.5 KOIT San Francisco on Wednesday, April 8, 2015


BAWSCA Regional Water Conservation Programs

It’s official: California is in a drought. As dry conditions continue, some regions throughout the state are being severely impacted. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has requested that its water customers, including its 26 wholesale water customers, reduce water consumption by at least 10%.  In addition, many BAWSCA agencies are facing more significant water reduction requirements as a result of Governor Brown’s April 1st Executive Order and drought impacts to other sources of supply.

For information on the State Water Board Emergency Drought Regulations, click here.


Programs and Rebates

The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) offers the following water conservation programs to help you use water efficiently:

  • High-Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program -This program offers rebates of up to $125 for replacing your old toilet with a water-efficient model.  Program guidelines and participation information are available.
  • High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program This program, offered in partnership with PG&E, provides rebates of up to $150 for purchasing a qualifying high-efficiency clothes washer.
  • Lawn Be Gone! Rebate Program – This program provides rebates of $1 – $4 per square foot for replacing your lawn with sustainable, water-efficient landscaping.  Drought-proof your yard today!
  • NEW Rain Barrel Rebate Program – This program, offered in partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Pollution Prevention Program, offers rebates of up to $100 for qualifying rain barrels.
  • Landscape Education Classes – This program offer FREE classes for homeowners and landscape professionals on a variety of topics related to sustainable landscaping.
  • Water-Wise Gardening Tool – Water-Wise Gardening in the Bay Area is full of information on how to garden beautifully while saving water.  Use this tool to plan your beautiful, water efficient landscaping.


Simple Ways to Reduce Your Use

Outdoor Water Saving Tips

  • Use BAWSCA’s Water Calculator to optimize your irrigation schedule and keep your garden thriving while saving water.
  • Adjust your ET controller settings for the season.  Sign up for FREE sprinkler adjustment reminder emails.
  • Some small changes to your lawn’s watering schedule and maintenance can make a BIG difference in your water use! Visit our Lawn Care Drought Survival Guide  for more information on how you can reduce your lawn’s water use and better manage your landscaping to help your lawn survive the drought.
  • Reduce outdoor watering needs by planting species appropriate for the Bay Area’s dry climate. Rebates are available through the Lawn Be Gone! Program.
  • Water during the cool part of the day. Reduce evaporation by watering lawns and plants only at night or early morning before dawn.
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks and pavement instead of a hose.
  • Check your sprinkler heads regularly to make sure they work properly. Repair broken, crooked or sunken heads and clogged nozzles.

Indoor Water-Saving Tips

  • Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth or doing dishes – saves 2 gallons per minute.
  • Take shorter showers with high-efficiency showerheads. Each minute you cut saves 2.5 gallons.
  • Operate your clothes and dishwashers with full loads only; even if the machine has an adjustable load setting.
  • Detect leaks. Do you hear the toilet running or your faucet dripping? Contact your local water agency for information on locating your water meter and detecting plumbing leaks using meter readings. Conduct a dye-test in toilet tanks to identify silent leaks.
  • Install aerators on bathroom/kitchen sinks to reduce water use by 4%.
  • Replace your old toilet, the largest water user inside your home. New high-efficiency toilet models flush at 1.3 gallons or less compared to older models, which use up to 7 gallons per flush. Rebates are available.
  • Replace your clothes washer, the second largest water user in your home. High efficiency clothes washers can reduce water and energy use by 40%. Bay Area water agencies offer cash rebates for the purchase of select high-efficiency clothes washers.


Additional Information

  • You can also view a list of important water conservation websites and publications.
  • To view a list of BAWSCA member water agencies, click here.
  • If you have water conservation related questions, please call 650-349-3000 or send us an email.