Conserve Water

Learn about the ways you can save water at work and save money on your next bill. 

Free Water Efficient Devices

The City offers free water conserving showerheads and faucet aerators. For commercial and multi-family accounts, there is a limit of 10 of each device type and only one set of devices per unit. 

Rebates for your Business

Hayward water customers can also take advantage of water conservation rebates available for the following building updates. 

  • Rain Barrel (4 rebates per commercial or multifamily account)
  • Lawn Conversion ($0.75 per square foot of lawn converted for front areas and $0.50 for back areas)

Green Hayward PAYS

The Green Hayward PAYS Pilot program has been discontinued. For more information click here 

Multifamily Rebates & No-Cost COnsulting for Energy & Water Savings

Energy Upgrade California’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements offers cash rebates and no-cost energy consulting for multifamily properties that undertake energy and water upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 15% or more of a building’s energy and water usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade.

Tips and Resources

Get a water audit – Companies that have a significant water footprint should consider getting professional advice on how to reduce water consumption. One broken sprinkler head can waste over 25,000 gallons in 6 months. A commercial water audit can identify costly leaks, and individualized opportunities to cut back on water use.

Use water-efficient equipment – Always look for water-efficient models of equipment, such as EPA Water Sense – even though it may cost slightly higher in up-front costs, you can quickly pay off that extra cost and then some with decreased water costs.

Go low flow – Save thousands of gallons per month instantly by upgrading your restrooms and break rooms with low-flow aerators and toilets. Aerators are offered at no cost by the City of Hayward to its water customers and businesses. 

Engage and inform employees - Whether it’s through a newsletter, creative signage in the bathroom and breakrooms, or team meetings, keep employees updated on what they can do to help in conserving water. offers a free toolkit to businesses that allows you to download signs and other marketing materials.

Reduce Landscape Water Use

Lush lawns can require hundreds of gallons of water a day to maintain their appearance. As a result, outdoor water use can account for between 5% and 30% of a business’s total water use.

If your business has outside landscaping that requires regular watering, consider converting to a bay-friendly landscape, and discover significant water savings. Bay-friendly landscaping isn’t limited to a particular style, it is instead an approach to landscaping that is environmentally friendly, water-conserving, and can be very aesthetically pleasing. The City offers lawn conversion rebates to businesses who convert their lawn to water-efficient landscaping!

Landscape regulations: Read up on the City’s Bay-Friendly Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, Civic Bay-Friendly Landscape Ordinance, and Tree Preservation Ordinance to ensure your project is compliant with City standards.

We want to help you in your pursuit of a sustainable, water-efficient yard. Follow the links below to learn more about bay-friendly landscaping and check out our bay-friendly landscaping classes. Questions? Call 510.583.4700.

Converted Lawn