Water Efficiency and Sustainability

Informational Resources and Guides
Tools and Calculators
Grants and Funding Programs
Local Water Agencies
Most local water agencies provide tips on water conservation and rebates for water saving technologies. While rebates vary across each water agency, local governments can take advantage of many of these programs including incentives for installing low flow toilets and efficient landscape irrigation systems. Check with your local water utility as each is different. Some examples of conservation programs include those run by Metropolitan water District of Southern California, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and East Bay Municipal Utility District. Some water agencies also provide recycled water to customers as a more sustainable way to supply non-potable uses such as toilet flushing and landscape irrigation. Recycled water often costs less than drinking water saving money while providing a sustainable supply. Contact your local water agency to see if they provide recycled water.
The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE)
AWE is a stakeholder-based non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. AWE serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts. AWE’s resource library includes a section on Water Efficiency in Government Buildings and Public Facilities which comprehensively details water saving opportunities. In addition to identifying the opportunities, AWE details key factors to consider when implementing each action. Opportunities for water savings discussed include toilets and urinals, faucets, irrigation, cooling towers, recycled water, stormwater collection, and more.
Local Government Commission (LGC)
One of the Local Government Commission’s program areas is the First Stop Shop for Water Resources. This provides information and resources related to the co-management of land and water resources in local communities. It includes information on Stormwater Management, Water Conservation, and Water Recycling and Reuse.