Water Conservation


For easy access to all of BAWSCA's rebate and conservation programs please visit our new Conservation Portal.

Cal Water customers: visit calwater.com for rebate information.
Santa Clara County residents: visit valleywater.org for rebate information



  • Lawn Be Gone! Rebate Program – This program provides rebates of $1-$4 per square foot for replacing your lawn with sustainable, water efficient landscaping. There is an additional $300 rebate for the installation of a Rain Garden
  • Rain Barrel Rebate Program – This program, offered in partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Pollution Prevention Program, offers rebates of up to $200 for qualifying rain barrels. 
  • Smart Irrigation Controller Program – This program offers customers of participating water agencies a Rachio 3 Smart Irrigation Controller at a discounted price of $100 + tax (MSRP: $279.99)
  • Landscape Education Classes – This program offers 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. 
  • Irrigation Hardware Rebates – This program offers residents of participating water agencies rebates for the purchase and installation of irrigation equipment to enhance irrigation efficiency and to reduce water use. 
  • Residential Self-Audit Tool – This program offers the opportunity for residents of participating water agencies to order a conservation kit or follow online instructions to conduct a home water audit. 
  • Please visit BAWSCA’s Conservation Portal for more information on these programs and rebates! 
  • Trim back your lawn’s watering schedule to 2 or 3 days only.
  • Replace your lawn – rebates are available through the Lawn Be Gone! Program.
  • Check your sprinkler heads and make any necessary repairs. 
  • Water during the cool part of the day.
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks and pavements instead of a hose. 
  • Use BAWSCA’s Water Calculator tool to optimize your irrigation schedule and keep your garden thriving while saving water. 
  • 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. High-efficiency toilet models flush at 1.28 gallons or less compared to older models, which use up to 7 gallons per flush. 
  • Replace your clothes washer, the second largest water user in your home. High efficiency clothes washers can reduce water and energy use by 40%. 





A Message from BAWSCA’s CEO




3 Tips to Save Water (and Money) from Nicole Sandkulla of BAWSCA ~ Brent Carey #California #drought #savewater

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