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Christopher L. de Groot
Director of Water & Sewer Utilities

Email: Water & Sewer
Telephone: 408-615-2000
Fax: 408-247-0784

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Conservation Tips

Make it your goal to:

  • Keep an eye on your water bill to look for high charges that may indicate a leak
  • Educate your kids on water conservation. Make it fun! See our kid's page.

Indoor and Outdoor Conservation Tips (PDF)

Indoor Conservation Tips

  • faucetSelect correct water level for laundry loads. Better yet, wash only full loads
  • Install low-flow toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators
  • Fix leaky toilets and fixtures as soon as they are detected
  • Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths
  • Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving
  • Run your dishwasher only with full loads and only full loads whenever possible. Most new dishwashers do not require pre-rinsing
  • Stopper the sink when rinsing fruits and vegetables
  • Install a high-efficiency clothes washer-this can save up to 30% on water and 50% on energy
  • When cleaning fish tanks, use the dirty water to water your houseplants – it’s rich in natural fertilizers.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables over a tub and use the water to give a plant a drink
  • Try not using the high water using garbage disposal. Compost instead
  • Insulate hot water pipes. It won’t take as long to get hot water to your faucet while the cold water goes down the drain
  • When washing dishes, have a tub for wash water so that you will only need to run the faucet to rinse
Outdoor Conservation Tips
  • water hoseGo to commercial car washes that recycle water and keep soap out of the storm drain instead of doing it yourself in the driveway
  • When washing cars, use a trigger nozzle that automatically turns off
  • Don’t water when it’s windy
  • Sweep rather than hose off sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways
  • Position sprinklers so that they are not spraying the house, sidewalk or street
  • Use drought-tolerant plants in the garden
  • Water only in the morning and evenings
  • Turn your irrigation system off on rainy days or install a weather-based irrigation controller to take care of this for you
  • Use mulch around plantings to hold in moisture
  • Consider using drip irrigation for trees and shrubs
  • Know where your house water shut-off valve is located and show everyone in the household for emergencies
  • Cover swimming pools when not in use. An average sized pool can loose approx. 1,000 gallons of water per month when left uncovered
  • Water landscape in shorter increments more frequently to reduce runoff and allow for better absorption
  • Adjust mower for higher grass. Longer grass shades roots and retains moisture better
  • Direct rain runoff from your downspouts to trees and shrubs
  • Group plants which have similar water needs so that you can irrigate effectively in zones
  • Don’t use decorative water features that will lose water to evaporation
  • Use sprinklers that water using large drops rather than mist which evaporates in the air

Bottled WaterBottled Water Fact and Fiction (PDF)
Use 10 less gallons of water a day (PDF)
The 12 days of water savings (PDF)
Water use graphs (PDF)

Last updated: 10/16/2014 1:56:42 PM