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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. 

facebook logoCLICK HERE to like the new Cville Water Conservation Facebook page.  This is a great way to keep up-to-date with our programs, events, and ways to save water!

   Unsure how to start saving water this year? Check out the Charlottesville Water Conservation Checklist for 2015 and start saving water now!

Check Out Upcoming Water Conservation Events in Charlottesville:

Fix A Leak Family 5K: 10am March 22nd at Pen Park- Registration is OPEN NOW!

 Logo for the Fix A Leak Family 5K Run for 2015


A lot of grasses go dormant and turn brown in summer heat, and the last few summers have Brown Grassbeen 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.



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. 


Virginia CreeperNew Native Plant List!

If you're planning to update your landscape this year, visit the new list of plants native to the Piedmont region. Native plants tend to have very low water needs - which means they are perfect for your Water Wise Landscape. Visit the new searchable database created by the County of Albemarle by clicking on this link.



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.


istock money and water 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.


Three 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:

Fix Leaks

Toilet Rebate

Shorter Shower











Rain BarrelThe 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. 


rainbarrel workshop sep 13How 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 2014 are scheduled.


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Read our list of Money-saving Water Conservation Tips

Learn easy ways to conserve water everyday!

Indoor Kit 2012Free 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.

Meadow Creek at Greenbrier Park

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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