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In dry years like this, water conservation stretches the East Bay’s supply of reliable, high-quality drinking water.

EBMUD declared a Stage 4 critical drought and set a community-wide goal to reduce water use 20% compared to 2013. To achieve this goal, EBMUD adopted new water use rules that affect all customers. Learn about the new rules in effect

Many customers have already made changes in how they use water at home and in the garden, as well as at work. We thank you for using water wisely. Others may be able to conserve even more. Let us help you find ways to save water like a pro!

7 simple steps to save 20%

If the idea of cutting back your water use further makes your head spin, you’ve come to the right place. The pros at EBMUD offer ways to help you cut back water use during the drought.

Rebate redemption. If you are in the market for a new washing machine or toilet, switch to a high-efficiency model and cash in on rebates offered by EBMUD.

Find and fix leaks. Uncover those sneaky leaks and water-wasting fixtures with our free WaterSmart Home Survey Kit.

Do the math. With our home water use calculator you’ll be surprised by how much water you actually use each day.

Goodbye lawn, hello rebate. Make the shift to a sustainable landscape or upgrade to high-efficiency irrigation equipment and qualify for a rebate.

Mulch much? Called a gardener’s best friend, mulch helps soil retain moisture, stifles weeds and beautifies your garden. What else could you want? How about mulch coupons?

Have you seen water being wasted? Report water waste here.

Spot water with recycled water. If you need to spot water plants, consider picking up free drought emergency recycled water from one of our partner agencies: Central Contra Costa Sanitary District and Dublin San Ramon Services District.

WaterSmart Gardener

Our outdoor rebates and services will help you take action to save water in the yard and garden. More info.

  • Rebates for lawn conversion, irrigation upgrades, and graywater
  • Mulch discount coupons
  • Nursery Plant Tag Program
  • Landscape Gallery
  • Garden Grants
  • Gardening Events
  • EDMUD's award-winning plant book 

My Water Report Program

Receive bi-monthly reports comparing your water use to similar households. Personalized recommendations and an interactive web portal help you understand and manage your water use.

Find and Fix Leaks

Toilet tanks and broken sprinklers are common culprits of household leaks. A few minutes is all you need to check for leaks in the most common places. One in four homes has a toilet leak! View the video below to see how to fix a toilet leak.

Mike's tip: How to easily find and fix a toilet leak

WaterSmart Home Survey Kit

Are you as water efficient as you can be? Slow the flow in your house with EBMUD’s free kit. It includes worksheets, toilet tank dye tabs, a flow-meter bag and step-by-step instructions for you to better manage your home’s water use.

Home Water Use Calculator

This tool takes you through your home and landscape, shows you where you are using water, and where you can cut back.

WaterSmart Tips

Whether you want a quick fix or are committed to long-term conservation projects, find tips here.

Drought Updates

Get the latest updates on the drought and water supply.