Department of Public Utilities

Water Conservation & Landscaping

Water Conservation & Landscaping


Conservation provides many benefits. Beyond being mindful of one of our more precious resources, it helps reduce our energy usage because less pumping is required, and it puts less of a demand on our sewer and wastewater infrastructure, meaning less maintenance is required, which helps to keep rates low. Think of it…one of the most valuable water sources we collectively have is the water that is wasted, the water that goes down the drain. Everyone’s conservation efforts are crucial to limiting water and sewer rate increases.

Thanks to the efforts of our residents, over the past five years, there has been a drop in average daily water usage from 329 gallons per person per day down to less than 240 gallons per person per day.

Many of the conservation and landscaping services the City of Fresno offers for our customers are free.

Water Use Statistics

Daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single family home is 69.3 gallons in the United States. In Fresno, we use well over 200 gallons per person per day.

Top Ten Ways to Save Water

Up to 70% of water use is outside the home—and much of that water is wasted. Save water every day:

    1. Fix leaky faucets.
      Save 15-20 gallons per day per leak.
    2. Fix leaky toilets.
      Save 30-500 gallons of water daily.
      Get a rebate on a new toilet.
    3. Water landscapes only when necessary.
      Follow the City’s mandatory seasonal watering schedule.
    4. Plant water-wise San Joaquin Valley-friendly trees and plants.
      Save 2/3 of the water used compared to non-water-wise plants.
      Get a rebate on converting your lawn to a water-wise garden.
    5. Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water driveways, streets and sidewalks.
      Save 15-25 gallons per day.
      Learn more about landscaping conservation opportunities.
    6. Use shut-off nozzles on your hoses and use a water broom to clean driveways and sidewalks.
      Save 8-18 gallons per minute.
    7. Run the dishwasher only when full.
      Save 2-4.5 gallons per load.
    8. Only wash full loads of laundry.
      Save 15-50 gallons per load.
      Get a rebate on an energy efficient washing machine.
    9. Take shorter showers and only fill up the bathtub about 1/3 full.
      Save 2.5 gallons per minute.
    10. Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving.
      Save 2 gallons per minute.

No Fee Leak & Irrigation Efficiency Survey

The City of Fresno is your conservation partner. Do you want to find out if there are leaks in your home? What about your landscape irrigation system, is that as efficient as it can be? We’re here to help you with these Free services.