Water Conservation Publications and Resources

WaterSmart Home Survey Kit/Plant Book Covers

EBMUD provides a variety of conservation information and resources, and partners with organizations to promote water conservation and help customers save water.

Water Conservation Master Plan

Water Conservation Master Plan — The WCMP summarizes EBMUD's comprehensive water conservation strategies and initiatives, and provides an overview of customer water demand, water savings, and future conservation and drought response planning.


These free "how-to" resource publications can help you save water indoors and outdoors.

WaterSmart Home Survey Kit — Use this free kit to evaluate your household's water use and search for some of the most common household leaks and inefficient fixtures. Return the survey results and, if needed, EBMUD will send free water-saving devices.

Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates — EBMUD's beautifully photographed, award-winning 336-page book features more than 650 native Californian and Mediterranean plants suited to the climate and microclimates found throughout much of California and the West. Over 500 color photos show plants in garden settings that blend well with natural surroundings and reduce reliance on water. You can order the book online.

The documents below are PDF files that can be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.

Managing Turfgrasses During Drought

With long, hot, dry summers common to most areas of the state, California lawns generally need watering for much of the year. This free publication from the University of California teaches how to use water more efficiently during drought.

EBMUD Studies

Want to learn more fun facts about EBMUD projects, programs or studies? For more information, visit our EBMUD Publications page.

Annual Water Conservation Reports for previous years can be viewed on the Archives page.

Water Conservation Resources

Bay Friendly Landscaping and Gardening

A program of StopWaste, Bay Friendly offers workshops, classes and resources for a sustainable approach to landscaping and gardening for residents, landscape professionals, and public agencies. Learn how to "Lose Your Lawn" the Bay-Friendly way at www.loseyourlawn.org.

Bay Area Green Business Program

This partnership of environmental agencies and utilities offers assistance, incentives, and verifies that participating businesses conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution, and shrink their carbon footprints.

California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS)

The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) provides irrigators real time, local weather data for determining irrigation times so plants get exactly the amount of water they need, and not more or less.  CIMIS is a program of the California Department of Water Resources, Office of Water Use Efficiency, which manages a network of over 120 automated weather stations in the State of California that helps irrigators water efficiently.

California's Save Our Water Program

State program with water-saving tips and other tools.

California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC)

CUWCC is a partnership of environmental agencies and utilities offering assistance and incentives that verifies participating businesses conserve energy and water, minimize waste, prevent pollution and shrink their carbon footprints.

California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

The Department of Water Resources is responsible for the State of California's management and regulation of water usage.

DWR, Office of Water Use Efficiency

The DWR Office of Water Use Efficiency (OWUE) provides support for the stewardship of California's water resources and energy efficient use of water.

EPA's WaterSense®

A program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps consumers choose water efficient appliances.

Food Service Technology Center

Leaders in energy efficiency in the commercial food service industry. Find information on energy saving tips, equipment, seminars and rebates for commercial food service equipment.


An interactive home tour offers many do-it-yourself indoor and outdoor water-saving tips and conservation tools for the home.

Irrigation Association of California

The Irrigation Association® mission is promote efficient irrigation to equipment and system manufacturers, dealers, distributors, designers, consultants, contractors and end users.


A public agency serving Alameda County that offers programs, education and assistance on source reduction and recycling.

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Learn how to grow a healthy lawn using little or no pesticide.  This guide from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources shows home gardeners and managers of parks and school grounds easy ways to implement Integrated Pest Management principles.

Wholly H2O - California's Integrated Water Reuse Management Center

Wholly H2O is a catalyst for sustainable, integrated water management in California. Wholly H2O uses locally-adapted solutions for water efficiency, (re)use of rain, storm, gray, and black water.