- Sustainability Initiatives
- A Green City
- 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.
Events & News
Check out all that is happening with the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program in the community.
Fix a Leak
Fixing leaks can significantly save water. Learn why it is important to Fix a Leak and all about our Fix a Leak Campaign initiatives including our Fix a Leak Family 5K.
Imagine a Day without Water
Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or use to make food. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or brush your teeth. Learn about our Imagine a Day without Water Campaign and annual Art Contest!
Programs & Resources
Our Water Conservation Program has information and resources tailored to your needs here in Charlottesville.
Water Rebates & Incentives
Find rebates and incentives for saving water including our $100 WaterSense toilet rebate, our $30 rain barrel rebate, and FREE water saving fixtures and resources.
Water Conservation Program Highlights
Comes with WaterSense labeled showerheads, WaterSense labeled faucet aerators, toilet leak detection dye tabs, and more!
$100 WaterSense Toilet Rebate!
Replace your older style toilet with a WaterSense labeled one & get a $100 rebate!
Install a rain barrel in your yard and get a $30 rebate for helping saving water outdoors!
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!
We 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
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.
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.
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 Water Conservation 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)!