Commercial Conservation Programs
The following water conservation programs are offered by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to help commercial, industrial and institutional properties conserve water and save money. For more information about the available programs, contact the District’s Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.
Commercial and Apartment High Efficiency Toilet Program
The District is offering free high efficiency toilet and urinal flush valve installation for businesses, apartments and schools. To sign up, call (800) 307-5700. For more information about the program, call (408) 630-2707.
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.
Landscape Survey Program
Since 1994, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has been helping landscape mangers improve their sites’ irrigation efficiency. Through the innovative Landscape Survey Program, surveyors perform FREE site evaluations to assist property owners on how to better manage their site’s landscape water usage. These surveys have shown potential savings of up to $1,000 per year per acre of landscape. 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. Surveys are available Monday through Saturday at your convenience. For more information, please call the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.
Submeter Rebate Program
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is offering a rebate (up to $150 per installed submeter) to mobile home parks and condominium complexes for adding residential submeters. Additionally, the District will offer to perform water surveys, indoor and outdoor, for any complex interested in participating, in order to help residents save water and money on their water bills. For more information call (408) 630-2707.
Custom and Measured Rebate
The District offers rebates to commercial, industrial and institutional customers in Santa Clara County for the implementation of process and equipment changes which reduce business water usage. The rebate amount is up to $4.00/CCF (Hundred Cubic Feet or 748 gallons) of saved water per year, directly resulting from projects using purchased equipment, or 50% of the cost of the project, whichever is lower, to a maximum rebate up to $50,000. For more information on this rebate and on the following please call (408) 630-2707.
Free Material and Equipment
The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides FREE material and equipment to businesses.
Free items include:
- Table tents for restaurants "Drinking Water By Request"
- Hotel "Linen Reuse" Card
- High-efficiency faucet aerators - 0.5 gallons per minute
- Pre-rinse sprayers - 1.15 gallons per minute
To request this equipment, call (408) 630-2554.
Restaurant Table Tents
In order to help conserve water, the City of Santa Clara is asking restaurants not to serve water unless it is requested. Often, the water that is served to restaurant patrons is not touched in favor of the ordered beverages. Not only is the water in the glasses wasted, those untouched glasses still must be washed wasting even more water. Restaurants participating in this program may place a table tent on your table stating this policy. You might have noticed a similar program found in many hotels which ask clientele to reuse their towels to cut down on the water used to launder.
City of Santa Clara restaurants, who would like to utilize these free informative table tents, can contact City of Santa Clara Water Department at (408) 615-2000.
Available through the City of Santa Clara Water Department, your commercial property may be eligible to use recycled water. The City of San Jose operates the South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) program in the City of Santa Clara. Water recycling is the treatment and management of wastewater to produce a water of suitable quality for beneficial and non-potable uses. Recycled water is safe to use for agricultural crops, landscape irrigation, playgrounds, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, freeway embankments and medians, and cooling tower make-up water as well as toilet and urinal plumbing in new commercial construction. Depending on the use of the water, recycled water can be from 30-50% cheaper than potable water. Recycled water is not available to single family homes. New sites situated along the recycled water pipeline may be able to be hooked up and existing sites may be able to be retrofitted to use recycled water.
To learn more about recycled water treatment and quality, use rules and regulations, and how to get connected to the system visit South Bay Water Recycling or call the Water Conservation Hotline or call the City of Santa Clara (408) 615-2000.
Water recycling has numerous other benefits including:
- Conservation of drinking water supplies.
- Less dependency on imported water.
- Preservation of saltwater marshland habitats.
- Development of a new water supply with a locally controlled reliable source.
- Environmentally beneficial - same concept as recycling bottles, cans and paper.
- Provides a drought-proof water supply.
- Allows continued economic vitality for the region.
To see if Recycled Water is available in your area, see the map to view the current location of the recycled water pipeline in the City of Santa Clara. Currently, Recycled Water is only available to businesses and large residential developments.