Business Water Conservation

California's Water Conditions
California is experiencing a severe drought. The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted new emergency water use regulations to combat the drought. Visit our drought update page at cityofpaloalto.org/water for the latest information. Our water supplier, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), has continued its call for 10% voluntary water use reductions. We are asking all customers to do whatever they can to help us meet our water use reduction goals.   

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New Construction Rebate
Landscape Irrigation Survey
Landscape Rebate
High-Efficiency Toilet/Urinal Direct Installation

Water Conservation
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) partners with the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to offer free services and rebates so you can enjoy, protect and use water wisely. For more information about water and energy savings, including free surveys of your business operations, please contact your Account Representative or call CPAU Marketing Services at (650) 329-2241.

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Leak Detection & Repair 
Do you know how to check your business (or home) for leaks? View these easy steps in a short video.


Water Conservation for Businesses

New Construction and Green Building Program
Efficiency incentives are available for designing and building beyond the Title 24 requirements. Visit the City’s Green Building webpage for information on program requirements, applications and rebates.

Landscape Water Use Survey
Free landscape irrigation surveys are available for select non-residential facilities with a minimum of 1/2 acre of irrigated landscape or 1000 CCF of annual irrigation water usage. The survey includes site-specific recommendations for improving irrigation system efficiency and analysis of potential water and cost savings.  It also qualifies sites to participate in the Landscape Rebate Program.  Visit the SCVWD webpage for additional information on the program. To schedule a Landscape Survey, contact your Account Representative or the SCVWD Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.

Free High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) and Urinal (HEU) Direct Installation
Businesses, schools and apartment buildings with tank-type and flush-valve toilets that flush at 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) or greater can receive free high efficiency toilets that flush at 1.28 gpf or less.  Facilities with urinals that flush at 1.0 gpf or greater can receive a free flush valve retrofit kit, which reduces the flush volume to 0.5 gpf.  Installation is included in this free service.

Visit the
SCVWD webpage for more information on this free direct install program.

To schedule a free HET or urinal flush valve kit installation, call Southwest Environmental at (800) 307-5700.

For more information about business rebates that may be available, visit the SCVWD webpage and contact Karen Koppett at (408) 630-2707 or kkoppett@valleywater.org for program updates and availability.
Last Updated: Feb 4, 2016