Pasadena Water & Power

Water Conservation Programs

PWP encourages its customers to make water conservation a Way of Life. Below you will find information about Pasadena's current water use restrictions, incentives for purchasing water-efficient products, available conservation programs and workshops, resources, and more.

Water Conservation News

Following unprecedented amounts of precipitation, California's emergency drought declaration was lifted on Friday, April 7. Executive Order B-40-17 builds on actions taken in Executive Order B-37-16, which remains in effect, to continue making water conservation a way of life in California: 

  • The State Water Resources Control Board will maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.
  • The state will continue its work to coordinate a statewide response on the unprecedented bark beetle outbreak in drought-stressed forests that has killed millions of trees across California.

PWP strongly encourages its residents to continue to conserve water as a limited resource in order to help prevent such dire drought conditions in the future. For more information, click here for a PDF on California's Drought.

Pasadena is now under a Level 1 Water Shortage Plan. Under this level, outdoor watering for summer (April 1 to October 31) is limited to three days per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Level 1 allows for 1 day of watering during the winter months from November 1st through March 31st. Under a Level 1 Water Shortage customers must also prepare leaks, breaks or malfunctions in a water plumbing or distribution system within 72 hours of notification by PWP.

Summer Watering Schedule

Water Use Restrictions


Rebates & Incentives

Installing water-efficient fixtures can help you conserve and save money -- below are a list of available rebates and incentives:

Turf Removal   $0.60/sq.ft. for residential customers, $0.30/sq.ft. for commercial customers 
Premium High Efficiency Toilets   $100 per toilet
High Efficiency Clothes Washer   $300
Rain Barrels    $100 for 50 gallon min; maximum of 2 per household
Rotating Nozzle    $7 per nozzle (minimum of 30 per home
Weather Based Irrigation Controller  $250 per controller for less than 1 acre of landscape, or $60 per station over 1 acre of landscape
Soil Moisture Sensor System            $250 per system for less than 1 acre of landscape, or $60 per station for over 1 acre of landscape
Cisterns over 200 gallons    $500
Shade Trees         up to $50 per tree
Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Program  Special Summer Promotion: $160 voucher towards the cost of greywater system parts - valid until September 30, 2017
Income-Qualified Incentives 

Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater System installed at no cost 

Drought-Tolerant Landscape design and installation at no cost 

For a full list of all the available PWP rebates, click here.

Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Program

Greywater --water from your shower, bathtub, washing machine, and bathroom sink -- can provide an efficient way to irrigate your landscape. PWP offers a Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) Greywater Program that offers in-depth training workshops to teach customers how to install a system in their home, and receive a $80 voucher towards the cost of system parts.

 Drought-Tolerant Landscapes  

Did you know that up to 70% of household water use is for landscape irrigation, and that turf uses 50% more water than any other plant? Replace your grass with a low-maintenance drought-tolerant landscape to help reduce your water consumption. Visit our Landscapes page for tips on how to transform your landscape, rebate information, and other helpful resources.

 Rainwater Capture 

Rain barrels and cisterns are a great way to capture rain water as it flows off your rooftops. Reuse the water to irrigate your landscape for an easy and efficient way to conserve water and lower your water bill. Visit our Rainwater Capture page for more resources, rebate information, and more.

 Upcoming Workshops & Events 

PWP hosts monthly greywater workshops and special events to help you learn about the ways you can conserve water. Visit our Workshops page to learn more.

 Resources & Tips

 Water Conservation Program Feedback

Do you have any suggestions for new water conservation programs? Let us know! Contact us at: water@cityofpasadena.net with your ideas!

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