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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 family 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 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
- ENERGY STAR clothes washer: up to $200
Lawn removal: $1.00 per square foot removed
-WaterHOT: $100 rebate for a new hot water demand recirculation system

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.
Sold House   Time of Sale Ordinance
Selling a house?  The City of Santa Cruz requires all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings receiving water from the City of Santa Cruz to be retrofitted with high efficiency plumbing fixtures at the time of sale.
Dripping Faucet Find and Fix a Leak
Check out these tips for dealing with common leaks in the home

 Free Water Conservation Devices 
Stop by the Water Conservation Office to pick up free water conservation devices, toilet leak detectors, and water conservation literature.

Water meter

 Get to know your Water Meter  

- Track your water usage and check for leaks.
- Learn how to read your meter
- Follow a 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.