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Water Conservation and Regulations

The City of St. Helena is committed to supporting the statewide water supply and the Governor's Orders.  For additional questions please contact Jennifer Tuell at 707.968.2635 or jtuell@cityofsthelena.org.

City Seeking Volunteers for FREE Plumbing Upgrades 
Beginning in April 2016, the City has developed a new approach to managing and communicating with residents and developers.  The City will maintain a master list of all residents interested in water use efficiency upgrades, including toilets, shower heads and faucet aerators. If you volunteer to be part of the program, you may be eligible to have your old, inefficient water fixtures replaced with new, high efficiency fixtures.  The developer or his contractor will determine if your home is eligible, pull a building permit and perform the work at no cost to you.  This will likely reduce your water bill and water use, while providing the needed offset for the developer.  Click HERE for program application form and instructions. 

FREE Water Conservation Tool Kits!
The City is currently giving away FREE Water Conservation Tool Kits. ¬†These ‚ÄúTool Kits‚ÄĚ provide basic supplies and information on easy ways to cut your household water consumption. Supplies are very limited and will be provided to water customers on a first come, first serve basis. Stop by City Hall anytime during regular business hours to pick one up!

Rebate Programs¬†(Espa√Īol)
 
Toilet Retrofit 
Up to $300 per toilet
Max of three toilets for residential and 10 toilets/urinals for commercial
Existing toilets must use 3.5 gpf or more, or be a poor-performing 1.6 gpf toilet
Replacement toilets must use 1.28 gpf or less
Building permit required. Click HERE for application
Clothes Washer (Program Expired on 12/31/16)
Up to $150 rebate, must purchase washer before 12/31/16
Washers must be on the Energy Start Most Efficient 2016 list
Application must be post-marked or received within 60 days of purchase
Smart Irrigation Controller (Weather Based Irrigation Controller) 
Up to $20 per station for residential and up to $30 per station for commercial 
Max rebate of $500 for residential properties and $1500 for commercial properties 
Must replace a non-weather based irrigation controller
All controllers must have a WaterSense certification
Cash for Grass
Up to $1.50 per square foot of turf grass that is replaced with drip-irrigated, low water use plants, or permeable hardscape
Artificial turf is not eligible for rebate
The maximum rebate for each residential property is $750 and $2500 for each commercial property
Pre and Post install site visit by City staff
Laundry to Landscape (Greywater)
Up to $100 rebate
Greywater is wastewater collected from showers, bathtubs, bathroom sinks, and clothes washing machines
All greywater systems require a building permit, except for the clothes washer system 
Rainwater Harvesting
Up to $100 rebate 
Must have a minimum of 100 gallons of storage  
Systems connecting to the potable line require building permits and a backflow device(s) 
Recirculating Hot Water Pump
Up to $100 rebate
Max of one Water Pump rebate per household

Why does the City use water to flush fire hydrants? 
City of St. Helena will be flushing water mains from February 16, 2016 through April 15, 2016. Water main flushing will take place between the hours of 8 A.M. to 2 P.M. The purpose of the Water Main Flushing Program is to improve drinking water quality for residents and businesses. 

How do I report water waste? 
There are two ways to report water waste:
          1. Go to http://savewater.ca.gov/ and fill out the form 
          2. Contact Jennifer Tuell directly at jtuell@cityofsthelena.org

What are the water regulations?
Violations of these regulations can result in up to a $500 fine per day per occurrence. To promote water conservation the City has adopted the following regulations:

How much water is St. Helena using?

How much water is St. Helena saving?


Water-Wise Gardening in the Napa Valley: http://www.napa.watersavingplants.com/ 
Tools and resources to save water: Save Our Water: http://saveourwater.com/

 

Resources

Northern California Precipitation Chart 1923‚Äď2014
Ordinance No. 2011-7 Water Shortage Emergency
PRESS RELEASE **Effective Immediately** City of St. Helena Adopts New Mandatory Water Restrictions