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

Water Conservation Kit and Toilet Flapper Image

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!

2023 WaterSense Fix a Leak Week Logo

Fix a Leak Events 

March 1st - 31st

Help us find and fix leaks in your home all March long by participating in one of our Fix a Leak events!

Go to our Fix a Leak page for more details (LINK)


All events are FREE and open to City and Albemarle County community to participate. Plus, when you submit your scavenger hunt or register and run the 5K by March 31st, you will be entered to win special prizes!

2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winners Announced!

2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest WinnersWe had 248 wonderful art entries into the 2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest! Thank you to everyone that participated in our art contest and congrats to all the winners!

Read about the winners on the Contest Webpage (Link).

2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winners:

  • K – 2nd Grade: Merrick Meslar
  • 3rd – 4th Grade: Zaina Ornan
  • 5th – 6th Grade: Olivia Rice
  • 7th – 8th Grade: Seamus Brown
  • 9th – 12th Grade: Shoukufeh Alizada
  • Fan Favorite: Kush Jani

Charlottesville Water Conservation Program Receives Regional Recognition in Public Information and Recognition from the WaterSense Program

Virginia American Water Works Association 2022 Awards

The Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association (VA AWWA) recognized the City of Charlottesville Water Conservation Program with two 2022 Public Information Awards in the water awareness and education and the social media categories.

2022 WaterSense Logo Sustained Excellence

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the City of Charlottesville with a 2022 WaterSense Sustained Award, the highest level of program recognition, for its dedication to helping the community save water.

Read more in our News and Events Section (LINK).

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).

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

2022 WaterSense Logo Sustained Excellence