News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/01/2014
Subject :

City Offering Incentives to Encourage Water Conservation
Contact : Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650-329-2607
With Gov. Jerry Brown announcing a second drought declaration for the state on April 24, the City of Palo Alto is continuing to look for ways to help the conservation efforts and reduce water usage in the community.

Dry conditions are forecasted through the rest of the year and the City's water supplier, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is continuing its call for a voluntary 10 percent reduction in water use. The City is also partnering with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to offer rebates of $4 a square foot to homeowners who take out their grass lawns and replace them with hardscape landscaping and drought-resistant plants. For more information on this rebate program, click here

In its efforts to help residents and businesses reduce water usage, the City is also offering a Water-Wise House Call Program where a surveyor will review your indoor and outdoor water usage for free and make site-specific recommendations for water efficiency, including suggested changes to your landscape irrigation schedule.

The City offers several water-efficiency rebate programs as well where residents can get money back for things such as water-wise landscaping, installing high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers, and for connecting a clothes washer to a graywater irrigation system. From now through Sept. 30, 2014, rebate amounts have been increased for the landscaping and graywater rebate programs.

Not only is the City offering community members increased rebates for water efficiency upgrades and free conservation devices, all possible ways to reduce water use at its facilities are being explored. So far, the City has converted several public landscape areas into sustainable demonstrations of native plant and climate-appropriate gardens, and most water-using fixtures in City facility bathrooms and kitchens have been upgraded to high-efficiency models. 

For more information on the City’s Water-Wise House Call Program and rebate programs, click here. For regular updates on the City’s water supply, visit,310.