Water Conservation

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. The City has developed a comprehensive water conservation program to encourage and enable every citizen to save water.

Water Conservation Program Highlights

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Free Water Conservation Kits!

Comes with WaterSense labeled showerheads, WaterSense labeled faucet aerators, toilet leak detection dye tabs, and more! 

Toilet bowl flushing money to promote WaterSense Toilet Rebate

$100 WaterSense Toilet Rebate!

Replace your older style toilet with a WaterSense labeled one & get a $100 rebate!

Rain Barrel Rebate

$30 Rain Barrel Rebate

Install a rain barrel in your yard and get a $30 rebate for helping saving water outdoors!

2021 Program Highlight- Events

2021 Program highlights

Learn about all the great work that came out of the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program in 2021 in our program highlight report (PDF).

2021 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest!

2021 Winners Announced!

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Judges from the City, ACSA, and RWSA evaluated the artwork for creativity, originality, and incorporation of the contest’s theme. Of the 224 poster entries received from youth in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, one winner was chosen from each of five grade divisions. In addition, the top 63 entries were available to the public to view online and vote for a favorite art entry; with 1033 total online votes, a fan favorite was selected. All six winners will receive a $200 gift card and a water conservation goodie bag.  

Check out our art contest page for the announcement of this year's winners! (LINK)

WaterSense Award Charlottesville Winner 2021 (PNG)

City of Charlottesville Receives a 2021 WaterSense Sustained excellence Award!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the City of Charlottesville with a 2021 WaterSense Sustained Award, the highest level of program recognition, for its dedication to helping the community save water, even with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Read more about the City's Water Conservation efforts to receive this award in their news section (LINK).

Check out how to save water & energy

The Water Conservation Program supports the City's Energy and Water Management Program (EWMP), which works to save energy and water in City managed facilities. The EWMP develop quarterly outreach to Charlottesville City School students to help them develop good behaviors to save water and energy at school. 

Check Out EWMP's Activity Sheets (Link)!

2020 Summer Activity Sheet I Pledge to Save Energy and Water ImageCharlottesville City School Energy and Water Management Program Winter Outreach Action List (PNG)General Announcement of CCS 2021 Spring Focus

2021 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award (PNG)