FREE Faucet Aerators
Faucet aerators (the part with the screen) are easy to install and help save water. If no aerator is installed, check to see if there are threads just inside the tip of the faucet. Most modern faucets are threaded to accept aerators. Free aerators (limited to two per household) are available at the Water & Sewer Utilities office in City Hall during normal business hours.
Low-flow showerheads are available for free to City residents replacing showerheads using 2.5 gallons per minute or more (limited to two per household). The technology used in these low-flow devices is called "aeration," which is the process of mixing air into the water stream. This produces water that flows with steady pressure and an even, full spray. Installation may require an inexpensive adapter.
FREE Hose Shut Off Nozzle
Use a spray nozzle with a shutoff handle on your hose so water doesn’t flow continuously. Hose nozzles are available free to City residents at the Water & Sewer Utilities office in City Hall (limited to one per household).
FREE Toilet Flappers
If your toilet is leaking you may need a new flapper. The City can provide you with a replacement toilet flapper that fits most toilets that were made after 1994 (Limited to one per household). If your toilet is older than this, it may be time to think about getting one of the toilets that use less water each flush. See the High-Efficiency Toilet Rebate information above. To troubleshoot the leak and determine if a new flapper will fix your leak, follow the steps below.
Signs of a leaky flapper valve:
- Water level in toilet tank is too high (the correct water fill line is inscribed on the inside of the tank)
- Toilet fill valve is broken
- Flush valve flapper is not sealing properly (due to age deterioration of the plastic flapper or use of certain toilet cleaners placed in the tank)
For more information on how to trouble-shoot and repair some common leaky toilet problems get the free booklet “Practical Plumbing Handbook” available at the City.
You may hear the sound of running water inside the toilet tank when you are not using it. Then again, you may not. To check for those sneaky quiet leaks, use toilet leak detection dye tablets or food coloring to make the leaks visible.
The following water conservation programs are offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to help homeowners conserve water and save money. For more information about the available programs, contact the District’s Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.
Landscape Rebate Program
The Landscape Rebate Program is designed to assist homeowners and commercial, industrial and institutional property owners increase their outdoor water use efficiency by converting qualifying high water use landscape and/or upgrading to qualifying high efficiency irrigation equipment. Simple changes in plant type and irrigation methods can greatly reduce the water required for an attractive landscape. There are many plants that use surprisingly little water. There are also several irrigation equipment upgrades that can increase your irrigation system’s efficiency which can result in saving water and saving money. The District’s Landscape Conversion Rebate Program offers $1.00 per square foot for converting high water using landscape (i.e. irrigated turf or functional swimming pool) to low water using landscape. Irrigation hardware upgrades for the installation of high efficiency equipment as also available. For more information call the District’s Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.
Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program
The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides a Graywater Laundry to Landscape rebate of $200 per residential site for properly connecting a clothes washer to a graywater irrigation system based on the completion of the program requirements. Additionally, the City of Santa Clara will cover the cost of the building permit required to install a laundry to landscape system. For more information or to pre-qualify and receive a Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program Application, please email Conservation@valleywater.org or call (408) 630-2554.
For an at home water use survey, check out the Water Wise Outdoor Survey and the DIY Water Wise Indoor Survey Kit. This kit also includes online video tutorials to guide you through your own water audit.
For additional resources and water saving tips, check out www.watersaving.org.