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Water Conservation Programs for your Home

Home with landscaping in frontThe City’s water system serves 92,000 people residing within the City of Santa Cruz, portions of unincorporated Santa Cruz County (Live Oak and Pasatiempo areas) and a small part of the City of Capitola. Together, single family and multiple family residential customers account for about 65 percent of total system water use, or about 2.3 billion gallons per year.

The typical single family home in Santa Cruz uses 226 gallons of water per day, most of which is used indoors in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry. Each person uses about 60 gallons per day indoors. Outdoor use varies widely according to the season, lot size, and landscaping characteristics.  

Learn more about residential water use including:

  • Water Use in the Home
  • Water Calculator
  • How to Read Your Water Meter
  • Meter Reading Log
  • Using Your Meter to Check for Leaks
  • Find and Fix a Leak
  • Toilet Leak Repair
  • Residential Water Rates
  • Water Conservation Tips

The city offers several programs to encourage the use of water-saving technology and to help residential customers reduce average daily water use.

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. --»» more info

Toilet Rebate Program City of Santa Cruz water customers can receive up to $150 for replacing an existing toilet that uses 3.5 gallons or more in their home with a qualifying High Efficiency Toilet. The term “high-efficiency” means the toilet is rated to flush using 1.28 gallons of water or less, which is 20 percent below than the current national standard of 1.6 gallons. You have the potential to reduce your household water use by thousands of gallons per year! --»» more info

High Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program Get a $100 rebate and save money and energy when you purchase a water-efficient, ENERGY STAR labeled clothes washer. --»» more info

Water-Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County A website and cd featuring local gardens, plants, and resources to help you save water in the garden. --»» more info

Plumbing Fixture Retrofit Regulations All residential, commercial and industrial buildings receiving water from the City of Santa Cruz are required to be retrofitted with low water using toilets and showerheads when real estate is sold. --»» more info

Free Water Conservation Materials and Information The Water Conservation Office has showerheads, faucet aerators, dye tabs to check for leaking toilets, and many excellent booklets on water wise gardening, all available free of charge. --»» more info

Last updated: 8/26/2013 2:21:49 PM