Water Conservation for your Business
The Water Agency works closely with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) to provide information and programs on water conservation to businesses in our service area. Contact EDB at (707) 565-7257 for more information.
Large Landscape Water Use Survey
Is your parking lot cracking? Do you have wet, soggy grass in some areas and dry dead grass in others? High water bills? Your property needs a FREE Large Landscape Water Use Survey. Find out what’s going on with your landscape and where all the water, and money, is going. A survey will provide a full report and analysis of your landscape irrigation system and water usage so you can make informed decisions on how to manage your property. Contact the Business Environmental Alliance at (707) 565-7257.
Business Water-Use Evaluations
Get a no-cost water-use evaluation with a comprehensive report and recommendations to increase your bottom line. The Water Agency partners with your local water provider and the Business Environmental Alliance (BEA) to provide comprehensive water-use evaluations for all types of businesses from offices to manufacturing. Visit the BEA website or call (707) 565-7257.
Get recognized as a Green Business through the Sonoma Green Business Program. Water efficiency is an important part of being green. Learn more about what it takes to become a Green Business. In Sonoma County, call (707) 565-6455. In Marin County, call (415) 499-3292
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
Does your landscape know how to keep your landscape looking great while saving your water and money? Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense approved training program for landscapers that provides an educational foundation based on principals of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation. To learn more about QWEL and to find a QWEL trained landscaper, visit the QWEL website.
Rebates and Programs from Your Local Water Provider
Contact your water provider for more information about water conservation programs in your area!
City of Santa Rosa
Town of Windsor
Marin Municipal Water District
City of Cotati
City of Sonoma
City of Petaluma
North Marin Water District
California American Water - Larkfield
Sanitation District Rebates
In addition to the conservation incentives offered by your local water provider, you may be eligible for rebates and programs offered by your participating sanitation district.
Water Conservation Checklist for Your Business
- How much water is your business using now, and for what purpose?
- How much does your business pay for water?
- Do you know how to read your water meter?
- Are all employees aware of the goal to conserve water?
- Is there a contact person for water use questions?
- How will employees know when they've been successful in conserving water?
- One way to detect leaks is to shut down all water-using facilities for some time period and read the water meter before and after. Did the reading change at all?
- Are there dripping faucets, toilet tanks that don't seal, or leaking hoses? Toilet tanks can be checked with a few drops of food coloring. After 15 minutes without flushing, does any color show up in the bowl?
Eliminating Unnecessary Use
- Is water being used in places where it is not really needed?
- Which tasks could be readily accomplished with less water? For example, could floors be swept instead of hosed down?
- Does water from sprinkler systems reach the plants that need it, or does much of it evaporate in the air or run off? Evaporation is especially high for sprinklers that make small droplets, spray them high into the air, and operate during the hottest part of the day.
- Are some plants getting more water than they need?
- Could drought-resistant landscaping provide an equally appealing look?
Installing Efficient Equipment
Which of the following might be feasibly installed in your business:
- Faucet aerators
- low flow showerheads
- on-off valves on showerheads or hoses
- toilet tank displacement devices
- low-flow or vacuum flush toilets
- water-efficient chillers