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Water Conservation

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212 Locust Street, Suite B, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Phone: 831-420-5230 


At this time staff in the water conservation section are being temporarily re-assigned to other pressing projects.  Please be aware that requests for service such as rebate processing, general customer assistance with conservation and high bill investigations, and matters related to real estate transactions will be delayed. For updated information on the status of our Conservation programs, regulatory requirements, and response times, please refer to the respective program webpages.

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About Water Conservation

Water is a precious natural resource that is vital to our health and welfare and to the economy of the Central Coast region where we live. In the city of Santa Cruz, we rely entirely on local sources for our community’s drinking water supply.  

Because our water supplies are limited, it is important that everyone uses water efficiently. The city of Santa Cruz has had a long-standing commitment to water conservation and offers a variety of programs, informational materials, and incentives to help city water customers become more water-efficient.

Further strengthening water conservation efforts had been identified as top priority by the Santa Cruz City Council, the City’s Water Commission, and more recently by the City’s Water Supply Alternatives Committee (WSAC). The WSAC recommended that there be additional effort made in expanding conservation programs into the future, with an emphasis on peak season water savings. To this end, the Water Department set out to and has completed a new Water Conservation Master Plan, which will guide conservation activities out to year 2035.

We invite you to contact the Water Conservation Office at 831-420-5230 or visit web pages listed above for more information about simple and cost-effective ways to improve water use efficiency at your home or business.

Our Water Partners


 EPA Water Sense


 Save our Water




 Department of Water Resources California

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