Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebates
Residential properties that properly connect a clothes washer to a graywater irrigation system are eligible for a $200 rebate. Pre-approval required. To begin the application process, call (408) 630-2554 or click here.
Water Wise Survey Program
The program has gone through a makeover and we are now offering a two-part program including the Water Wise Outdoor Survey and the Do-it-Yourself Water Wise Indoor Survey:
WATER WISE OUTDOOR SURVEY
During this free outdoor irrigation survey offered to single family and small multi-family sites (under ½ acre) in Santa Clara County, a trained irrigation professional will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your irrigator system. During the survey, the technician will:
• Evaluate the efficiency of your irrigation system, noting and flagging problems
• Provide you with a personalized irrigation schedule, if appropriate
• Make recommendations for repairs, replacements, and upgrades
• Send you a detailed written report after the survey is complete
• Pre-inspect the site for the Landscape Rebate Program, if applicable
This is a great time to evaluate your irrigation system and make changes before you turn the system back on this spring. On average, about half of the water used on residential sites goes to the landscape, so having your irrigation system in top shape can help you reduce your water use drastically. The site must have at least one valve operated irrigation zone in order to sign up. Homes that only use a hose or portable sprinkler to irrigate the landscape will not be eligible.
To schedule an inspection, please call SCVWD water conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554 or click here.
San Jose Water Company customers should request a Water Audit by calling (408) 279-7900.
DIY WATER WISE INDOOR SURVEY KIT
Customers will be able to request a Do-it-Yourself kit to evaluate your indoor water use that includes a flow rate bag for testing shower and sink flow rates and dye tablets to test toilets for leaks. Included in the kit will be a step-by-step guide to evaluating your own water use, including:
•Meter leak test
•Toilet leak test
•Sink/Shower flow rates
•General indoor leak information
The booklet will also include space to record your results and a form to fill out to request free conservation items, such as a toilet flapper or low flow showerhead/sink aerator.
Click here to watch videos that demonstrate how to do the self-guided indoor water use evaluation.
Submeter Rebate Program
Mobile home parks and condominium complexes in Santa Clara County can receive up to $150 per installed water submeter for changing from a master water meter to individual water submeters. For more information about this rebate program, please call (408) 630-2707 or apply here.
Commercial High-Efficiency Toilet Installation Program
This program provides free installation of high-efficiency toilets and urinal flush valves in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors, as well as in apartment complexes. Toilets being replaced must flush at 3.5 gallons per flush or more. For more information about this program, please call (408) 630-2707 or visit here.
Custom/Measured Rebate Program
Commercial rebates are available for qualifying facilities in Santa Clara County that replace or update equipment which results in a measurable water reduction. The rebate is currently $4 per 100 cubic feet of water saved per year, or 50 percent of the project cost, whichever is less. For more information about this program, please call (408) 630-2707 or visit here.
Water Wise House Call Program
Help to conserve water use outdoors by consulting an irrigation specialist!
On March 3, 2017, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reinstated the Water Wise House Call Program and is now accepting new applications. During this free outdoor irrigation survey offered to single family homes and small multi-family sites (under ½ acre) in Santa Clara County, a trained irrigation professional will complete a comprehensive evaluation of the irrigation system. During the survey, the technician will:
• Evaluate the efficiency of the irrigation system, noting and flagging problems,
• Provide a personalized irrigation schedule, if appropriate,
• Make recommendations for repairs, replacements, and upgrades,
• Send a detailed written report after the survey is complete,
• Pre-inspect the site for the Landscape Rebate Program, if applicable.
For more information or to apply, click here.
Landscape Conversion Rebate Program
Santa Clara Valley Water District reinstated the Landscape Rebate Program and is now accepting new applications. Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an application for approval before beginning any work on their project. For more information or to apply, click here.
Qualifying for the Landscape Rebate Program
Although not a pre-requisite for the Landscape Rebate Program, sites that complete a landscape field survey may be eligible to apply for rebates through the Landscape Rebate Program. The Landscape Rebate Program provides rebates for replacing qualifying high water using landscape with qualifying low water using plants and for upgrading to high efficiency irrigation equipment including:
- Drip Irrigation
- High Efficiency Nozzles
- Rotary Sprinklers with Pressure Regulation and/or Check Valves
- Weather Based Irrigation Controllers
- Rain Sensors
- Dedicated Landscape Meters, Flow Sensors and Hydrometers
Large Landscape Survey Program
All commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) sites as well as multi-family complexes in Santa Clara County with a minimum of ½ acre of irrigated landscape or more and/or 1,000 CCF of annual irrigation water usage may be eligible for a complimentary landscape field survey. To find out if your CII or multi-family sites are eligible, please visit here.
What are the components of a landscape field survey?
- System Check
A professional will evaluate the water delivery system and point out inefficiencies that can add up to significant water losses.
- Site Specific Recommendations and Irrigation Budget
Surveyors provide recommendations for improving system efficiency such as upgrading irrigation hardware and/or providing the site with a calculated irrigation budget based on climate, irrigation system components, and vegetation.
- Landscape Field Survey Report
The site’s property manager/owner will receive a landscape field survey report that evaluates the existing irrigation system and landscape water management. The report also includes a summary of the irrigation system check and irrigation efficiency improvement recommendations. A calculated irrigation budget may also be provided.