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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.


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 FREE Water Conservation Kit                         $100 WaterSense Toilet Rebate                  $30 Rain Barrel Rebate

 


Upcoming Water Conservation News & Events

City of Charlottesville 2018 Annual Water Quality Report Now Available: Click Here

Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest: Open September 10th - October 15th

New Theme: How Do You Save Water?

Belmont Bash: September 15th, 2 - 6 pm

Imagine a Day without Water Event: October 10th on the Downtown Mall, 11 am - 1 pm

Imagine a Day without Water Fan Favorite Voting: November 1st - 15th

Link will be available November 1st 

Imagine a Day without Water Winners Announcement: November 19th 

Check out our 2017 Water Conservation Program Report! Click Here

 For a Full List of News & Events: Click Here


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 Imagine A Day Without Water 

Can you imagine a day without water?  The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority are hosting an event and art contest open to Grades 1st - 8th in the City and County.

ART CONTEST: Entries will be accepted September 10th - October 15th

New 2018 Theme: How Do You Save Water?
Water is essential for life. You need water for everything from brushing your teeth, growing the food you eat, and making the things you use everyday. Why is water important to you and how do you save water?

For a full list of the Contest Rules and Official Entry Form: Go to our Imagine a Day without Water Website

EVENT: Imagine a Day without Water Event- October 10th on the Downtown Mall

Come imagine a day without water with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority Wednesday, October 10th on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. 
There will be information on Charlottesville & Albemarle County's water supply, water conservation information and giveaways, entertainment supplied by 106.1 The Corner, and fun activities!
What: Imagine a Day without Water Campaign Event
When:Wednesday, October 10th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Central Place Plaza, 2nd St NE and E Main Street on the Downtown Mall

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Check. Twist. Replace.

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More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year from household leaks. Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year (that is the amount of water needed to was 270 loads of laundry). 

Detect and Chase Down Leaks with this Checklist! Click Here

Save water in your house by following these 3 simple steps:

CHECK: for leaks from faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check your toilets for silent leaks using a leak detection dye tablet (free for City Residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get some). Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too!

TWIST: and tighten hose & pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator (free for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).

REPLACE: fixtures as necessary with WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models (free WaterSense showerheads for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).

For more information on how to save water in your home, check our our Programs & Resources Page!


6 Easy Ways to be Water Smart Outside

Lean how to conserve water outside, especially during the hot summer months!

1. Maximize Rainwater: Take advantage of natural rainfall by installing a rain barrel. For more information on the Rain Barrel Rebate Program: CLICK HERE

2. Water Early: Early mornings are typically when heat and wind are lowest, which means water is less likely to evaporate before your plants can soak it up!

3. Water Wisely: Figure out how much water your lawn and plants really need. It is probably much less then you think!!

4. Create a Water-Wise 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.

5. Use the Right Hose: Did you know there are different types of hoses? Read the full post to find out which hose better fits your needs.

6. Fix Outdoor Leaks: A broken sprinkler can waste 25,000 gallons of water in six months. Prevent this water loss by checking your sprinkler for leaks at both the sprinkler head AND where if connects to the hose.

Read the full post and learn more about how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs and Resources Page.

 

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For more information on how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here


Be Water Smart Inside:

Remember to Check. Twist. Replace. to be water smart inside your home! 

The Toilet Rebate:

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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.

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Residential Water Calculators:

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 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.

 


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Free Indoor Water 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! For question, please contact the Water Conservation Program Coordinator.

 

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.

Unsure how to start saving water this year?

           Check out the Charlottesville Water Conservation Checklist for 2017 and start saving water now! 

For more information on how to be Water Smart Inside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here
For more information on City rebates & incentives: Click Here


Water Conservation in the Media 

facebook logo  Charlottesville Water Conservation is on Facebook! Like us to stay up-to-date with our programs, events, and ways to save water! Click Here to Like Us!

Did you know that Charlottesville Public Works has a Twitter account!
  Follow @CvillePW to get updates on your utilities, traffic, water conservation, and environmental updates!
  Click Here to Follow Us!

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

Charlottesville Water Conservation Newsletter

Interested in getting approximately monthly updates from the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program? Join our newsletter to get updates on events, news, and resources and tips on how to save water and money! Email us for details: waterconservation@charlottesville.org


 

For more information, contact: Charlottesville Water (434) 970-3800

or Email the Water Conservation Program Coordinator

Direct Website Link: www.charlottesville.org/waterconservation

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