Water Conservation Is Essential For Life. Water is an essential component of life itself. In order to ensure its availability, while saving you money at the same time, it is crucial that everyone practice good water conservation, especially in times of drought. Charlottesville Water encourages every citizen to follow these tips on easy ways to save.
Charlottesville is partnering with the EPA WaterSense program to promote Fix a Leak Week. The information below informs you how to find and fix leaks in your home. Now's the time to nip that drip in the bud! We will be wrapping up Fix a Leak Week with the 2nd annual Fix a Leak Family 5K, a timed trail race through Pen Park on March 22nd. Come out and bring the whole family!
NEW WATER CONSERVATION COMMERCIALS!
Three new water conservation commercials are airing on local TV stations. If you haven't seen them yet - or simply must watch again - they are posted on VIMEO:
As of July 1, 2012, only WaterSense labeled toilets will be eligible for the rebate. WaterSense products have been tested by a third party and are proven to be as effective as conventional products while using at least 20% less water! The City of Charlottesville is offering a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of a WaterSense toilet. Open the brochure to submit for your rebate now, or go to this page for more detailed program information.
Use of the toilet accounts for 30% of the average home's indoor water use. Toilets from before 1994 are especially wasteful; if replaced by an efficient model, a typical household can save thousands of gallons per year! Make water conservation automatic - install a WaterSense toilet.
HELP! MY LAWN GOES COMPLETELY BROWN DURING THESE HOT SUMMERS
A lot of grasses go dormant and turn brown in summer heat, and the last three summers have been scorching hot and dry. Healthy turf can go dormant in these conditions but then rebound in the fall - no supplemental irrigation needed. Visit our Water Wise Lawns page to learn the steps necessary to prepare your lawn to withstand tough years ahead.
A HEALTHY LAWN ISN'T ALWAYS GREEN, BUT IT IS WATER WISE!
Learn to Conserve Water and Maintain a Beautiful Landscape!
A beautiful yard is more than just grass. Visit our Water Wise Landscaping and Water Wise Plants pages to learn more about the variety of different plants that can make up an attractive and water wise landscape. These include plants that can keep your yard visually appealing in the winter. Use these chillier months to plan a new yard that is beautiful and healthy.
Residential Water Calculators Available!
The City of Charlottesville has a residential water use calculator available! This calculator will help to determine where your water goes, which can help you find the best ways to conserve. You will be able to compare your usage to the average in our community.
In addition, the Alliance for Water Efficiency has a new calculator on their Home Water Works website. You can find more water calculators on our links page.
The Rain Barrel Rebate Is Now Available
City residents may apply for a $30 rain barrel rebate, up to (2) per water account. Barrels can be purchased from any vendor, though we encourage you to first check out local vendors, like the ones listed here.
Learn more about the program by reading the Rain Barrel Rebate Brochure. Once you have purchased your barrel, use it or the Rebate Request Form to apply for your rebate.
Have you also applied for the $100 toilet rebate? Replacing inefficient toilets is a proven method for long term water conservation.
How to Get a Rain Barrel
Barrels can also be purchased from many different vendors, including the Rivanna Conservation Society and stores listed here; you can also build one using these instructions.
The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) is a great resource for rainwater harvesting. Please visit their website for more information.
If you would like to be added to the rain barrel contact list, please email the City's Water Conservation Manager. You will then be notified by email when the next City workshops for 2013 are scheduled.
Read our list of Money-saving Water Conservation Tips
Learn easy ways to conserve water everyday!
Free Indoor Conservation Kits
A program in place since 2002, City residents may pick up a free kit from the Utility Billing office, located in City Hall. The low flow fixtures are easy to install, and will make daily water conservation easy for the whole family!
Take a look at our new brochures, published by the Environmental Protection Agency:
Saving Water Saves Energy
Simple Steps to Save Water
These are now available at City Hall and the Utility Billing Office, and will be at all water conservation events around town.
The Community Water Supply Plan Has Its Own Webpage
Visit this page for information and updates.
For more information, contact: Charlottesville Water (434) 970-3800
or Email the Water Conservation Program Coordinator
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