Water Conservation

  • Conservation Portal
  • Programs and Rebates
  • Outdoor Tips
  • Indoor Tips
  • More Info.


Conservation Portal


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


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



It’s official: California is in a drought. As dry conditions continue, some regions throughout the state are being severely impacted. Many BAWSCA agencies are facing more significant water reduction requirements as a result of Governor Brown’s April 1st Executive Order, the subsequent State Water Resources Control Board Emergency Conservation Regulation,  and drought impacts to other sources of supply.


Programs and Rebates

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


  • 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.
  • COMING THIS SUMMER Irrigation Hardware Rebates – This program will offer residents of participating water agencies rebates for the purchase and installation of irrigation equipment to enhance irrigation efficiency and to reduce water use.
  • COMING THIS SUMMERResidential Self-Audit Tool – The 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 program and rebates!


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.


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