Water Conservation and Supply Conditions

Published on June 23, 2021

Dry hose in the desert.

California is experiencing dry weather conditions but the San Francisco Regional Water System storage is in reasonably good shape. On June 9, the water supplier for the rest of Santa Clara County, Valley Waterdeclared a water shortage emergency and adopted a 15% mandatory water use reduction for water retailers its agency serves. Valley Water is also urging the County of Santa Clara to proclaim a local emergency as there is significant uncertainty about local and statewide water supply conditions. Santa Clara County relies on imported water supplies which have been negatively impacted by low snowpack levels and a couple of years of consecutive drought.

Read more on our Water homepage.

How to Conserve Water

Here's some basic tips to reducing water in your household:

  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Wash full loads when laundry day comes around
  • Add mulch to your landscaped areas to conserve water outside
  • Optimize your landscape watering schedule for maximum efficiency. Watering at night is better than during the middle of a hot day.
  • Set your mower blades to 3” not only encourages deeper root growth, but can also save you 16-50 gallons of water per day!

Outdoor Water Efficiency Rebates

City of Palo Alto Utilities has partnered with Valley water to offer you six rebates to save water and money. Small changes to your life will save you hundreds of dollars. The list of rebates includes:

  • Rain Barrel Rebate – Capture rainwater from your downspout and receive $70 per rain barrel with a rain barrel size of 40 - 199 gallons.
  • Cistern Rebate – Similar to rain barrels, cisterns allow you to capture and use a larger amount of rainwater. You will receive $1.00 per gallon with a minimum cistern size of 200 gallons. 
  • Rain Garden Rebate – Receive up to $600 by adding a rain garden to your landscape to reduce stormwater runoff from your property. 
  • Permeable Pavement Rebate – Receive $1.50 per square foot adding permeable pavement to your property (e.g., permeable pavers, porous asphalt, permeable concrete, or grid pavement)
  • Landscape Conversion Rebate – Replace a high water-using landscape (e.g. irrigated turf or functional swimming pool) with a qualifying low-water use landscape and receive up to $2 per square foot. Great news! This rebate is increasing to $3 per square foot on July 1st! This video has some tips for water-wise landscape maintenance.
  • Graywater Laundry-to-Landscape Rebate– Receive $400 by sending washing machine laundry graywater to irrigate your landscape without filters, tanks, or pumps. Watch a video from Valley Water on Laundry to Landscape graywater systems. 

Don't forget to check out more Valley Water rebates & programs

Extra Resources from Valley Water

Valley Water also offers the Water-Wise Survey Program for single-family homes: a free DIY analysis of your indoor water usage and outdoor irrigation system. They also offer FREE gear to help you reduce water in your households. Chances are, you are using more water than you need. Check out all of Valley Water's free conservation devices and literature to save water, upgrade appliances, and read more. On top of they, they also offer rebates for Irrigation Equipment Upgrades and In-Line Drip Irrigation Conversions. You can also see their Landscaping Ideas! Remember to contact Valley Water before you begin your landscape conversion and/or irrigation equipment upgrade and conversion projects. Pre- and post-inspections may be required.

Valley Water Phone: (408) 630-2554

Email: conservation@valleywater.org

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