How to Conserve Water

When it comes to water conservation, each of us can make a big difference just by doing our part. At Cal Water, we are here to help customers save water everyday by providing tips, rebates, and incentives to conserve water, such as: 

  • Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, along with lawn-to-garden (turf replacement) and spray-to-drip conversions.
    • Lawn-to-garden rebate of $3 per square foot of lawn removed and replaced with low-water-use landscaping.
    • Spray-to-drip rebate of $0.50 per square foot of landscaping converted from standard spray irrigation to a drip system.
    • Rebates on high-efficiency indoor and outdoor appliances and devices, with certain rebates doubled.

Watch this short video to see how you can save water every day:


  • Water your lawn at dawn or dusk to reduce evaporation.
  • Grab a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, walkways, and driveways.
  • When you do need a hose, use a nozzle to increase pressure and decrease water usage.
  • Water trees as needed, without restrictions. Mature trees require less water than newly planted ones. 
  • Consider planting low-water or drought-resistant plants and keeping them away from thirsty plants.
  • Place thirsty plants at the bottom of slopes so they can benefit from runoff.  
  • Include mulch around shrubs and plants to help reduce evaporation, limit weed growth, moderate soil temperature, and prevent erosion.
  • Check regularly for broken sprinkler heads, adjust timers for rain, and stay alert for other leaks.
  • Switch to a drip irrigation system for your yard. A rebate may be available.


  • Turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth can save 70 gallons or more per month.
  • Taking shorter showers. Reducing your shower time by just one minute can save as much as 75 gallons per month. 
  • Fixing a leaky faucet with even a little drip – five drops per minute – can save more than 200 gallons of water per year. 
  • Replacing your toilet or washing machine with high-efficiency models. Rebates may be available.
  • Installing water-saving faucet aerators, high-efficiency shower heads, shutoff hose nozzles, and leak detection dye tablets.

We have conservation kits available at no charge to our customers. 

Did You Know?

Customers who participated in our rebates and programs between 2016 and 2020 will help California save more than 9.2 billion gallons over the lifetimes of their new devices. That’s more than 148 billion cups!

Conserving Water at Cal Water

At Cal Water, we're taking steps to conserve water not only monitoring our own facilities and water pipelines but also: 

  • Replacing, repairing, and upgrading infrastructure to minimize water loss
  • Identifying and repairing leaks through a Water Loss Auditing and Control Program
  • Developing 30-year Water Supply and Facilities Master Plans, which enable us to identify and address potential gaps in supplies
  • Updating Conservation Master Plans for each district to implement programs that maximize water savings for all our customers 
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