Conserve Water

We all have a role to play in helping to conserve water. Learn what you can do cut back on water use and potentially save a few dollars along the way! 

Watch how this Hayward resident cut her water bill by using the City's rebate programs:

Free Water Efficient Devices

The City offers water conserving showerheads and faucet aerators at no cost to Hayward water customers. Learn how to get yours.

Rebates for your Home

Hayward water customers can also take advantages of water conservation rebates available for toilets, rain barrels, and lawn conversions. 

Green Hayward PAYS

Are you a multifamily property owner in Hayward? Learn how you can save money, energy, and water with no up-front cost through the Green Hayward PAYS® program. Multifamily property owners can upgrade their property to save money on their utilities bills and meet new state code requirements in effect January 1, 2019.

Learn more and schedule your free site visit to estimate your property’s savings potential by visiting the Green Hayward PAYS® page or by calling 510.462.6112.

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WaterLink is a program that helps Hayward residents save water and energy to reduce their monthly utility bills. There is no cost for our services and no documentation is needed. See their website for more information or call 831.426.5925.

WaterLink is available until the end of 2018, or until funding has been used up. WaterLink services are provided by Ecology Action in collaboration with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

Green House Calls

The East Bay Energy Watch, a partnership between local governments and PG&E, provides Green House Calls at no cost to Alameda and Contra Costa County residents though the California Youth Energy Services Program (CYES). Hayward has had the opportunity to host the CYES Program every summer since 2010.

The CYES Program employs young adults, ages 15 to 22, for seven weeks each summer. The Rising Sun Energy Center hires and trains these young specialists to serve communities across the Bay Area with no-cost home energy and water assessments, or Green House Calls. At each Green House Call, specialists check the home for efficiency and install energy and water-saving equipment such as energy-efficient lighting, high-efficiency aerators, showerheads, clotheslines, and power strips. Specialists also provide personalized recommendations for further savings.

CYES House Call
California Youth Energy Specialists replace a shower head during a green house call

Tips and Resources

Hayward is currently meeting its water conservation goals and there is more we can do. Have questions about any of these tips? Call 510.583.4700.

Saving water can be done with simple changes. See water saving tips at

Greywater and rainwater can be used to irrigate your yard. Greywater Action Network provides classes in the bay area on how to install a “laundry-to-landscape” greywater system and how to harvest rainwater. Rain barrels can be purchased with the help of our City’s rebate program to store rainwater for those not so rainy days.

Monitor your water usage. Learn how to read your meter to see how much water you are using and check for leaks.

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This beautiful Hayward garden uses native, drought-resistant plants

Garden Bay Friendly

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 a great addition to your home. Follow the links below to understand how to create a healthy bay-friendly garden and discover resources available to you to help in the process!

Landscape classes are a great way to get started. The City of Hayward offers water efficient landscape classes to residents in the Spring and Fall. Also, the Hayward Library has a Seed Lending Library that offers classes and tips on smart gardening. StopWaste also offers Gardening Talks and other events regarding water-saving landscape practices. Check out their upcoming events page to learn about what they offer.

See what a bay-friendly garden looks like. Alameda County Master Gardeners have demonstration gardens in Oakland and Livermore that you can visit to view and learn about the techniques behind drought-tolerant landscaping and vegetable gardens. The Master Gardeners also offer a variety of workshops open to the public, which can be viewed on their website calendar.

Sheet mulching is a sustainable way to turn your lawn into a garden without the use of harmful chemicals. Visit StopWaste's Lawn to Garden Marketplace for comprehensive information on sheet mulching.