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There are so many ways that Los Gatos residents can take part in making their community more sustainable. It is up to all of us to...
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Want to conserve water but not sure where to start?  Use the Home Water Works Calculator and discover where to begin your home water conversation efforts!  Find useful tips and resources for saving water and money without sacrificing comfort or convenience. 

Click here to try the
Home Water Works Calculator!
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Click here to access the DIY Home Energy Saving Toolkit User Guide
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Landscape Rebate Program
This program is designed to encourage residents to convert approved high water use landscape, such as lawns and pools, to low water use landscape as well as to retrofit existing irrigation equipment with approved high efficiency irrigation equipment.

The Landscape Rebate Program Includes:
Landscape Conversion Rebate
In-Line Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate
Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebates
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The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides a Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebate for properly connecting a clothes washer to a simple graywater irrigation system.  Apply before proceeding on any project as rebates are not provided retroactively.  Funding is limited and provided on a first come, first served basis.

Rebate Amount:
$200 for qualifying residential site
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The Santa Clara Valley Water District will provide a rebate of up to $150 for the NEW installation of a NEW, accepted water meter on a qualifying well.  Information on acceptable meters can be found on the Private Well Meter Rebate Program Application.

Rebate Amount:
$150 for qualifying well
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"Saving water as a response to drought can vanish with the rains. But saving water because we value it can lead to a lifestyle of conservation" -Santa Clara Valley Water District

The Town of Los Gatos has teamed up with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to offer a Water Savings Distribution Center at the Town's Parks & Public Works Corporation Yard!  Residents can now get their water conservation gear locally!
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WaterSavings.org is an invaluable resource created by the

Santa Clara Valley Water District

that can assist residents in a variety of ways, including:

  • Learn about current residential rebate programs and water conservation tips!
  • Discover upcoming workshops and classes including Composting 101, Green Gardener Training, and more!
  • Watch tutorials and learn more about the Water Wise Survey Program 
  • Stay up-to-date with current watering restrictions
  • Get help understanding your water bill
  • Report water waste
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Spare the Air Days 
Before using any wood burning stoves, fireplaces, etc... be sure to visit Spare the Air to ensure that we are not observing a Spare the Air Day.  You can also sign up for their automatic alerts and get more information on our air quality.
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New Resources for Safe Pest Control
Keep your home and family safe while keeping unwanted pests out.  Find a store near you for quick and easy shopping for less toxic pest control here.  Check out West Valley Clean Water Program's "Less Toxic Pest Control Methods for Home & Yard" sheet below for more information. 

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Green Gardener Program

Is your gardener a Green Gardener?  Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Program trains gardeners to:

    • Use resources wisely, conserve water, protect the soil, and reduce waste
    • Improve the health, appearance and value of landscapes
    • Reduce urban runoff and stormwater pollution from landscape maintenance activities

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To find the right person to create or maintain your garden or landscape, ask if they….

  • Water according to the needs of the season, the plant, and site soil conditions
  • Prune selectively and properly to compliment the natural form and needs of the plant
  • Use alternative approaches such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, before turning to pesticides and herbicides
  • Help protect air quality by using hand-powered equipment or fuel-efficient, low-emission equipment
  • Check soil for fertility, texture, and moisture
  • Use compost and mulch to feed the soils naturally
  • Install water efficient irrigation systems and regularly maintain them
  • Compost plant debris and grass-cycle
  • Use local plant varieties that are California natives or adapted to our Mediterranean climate and not invasive species
Interested in becoming a Green Gardener?  Click here to learn more about the Green Gardener Program, check for upcoming classes, or find a Green Gardener near you!



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The Center for the Development of Recycling (CDR) is a university-based, non-profit, environmental research and service organization.  Established in 1989, CDR is committed to maintaining and distributing recycling information through its call center, RecycleStuff.org website, and social media sites.  CDR is the official recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) information service for Santa Clara County's 15 cities and unincorporated areas.  Click here to view the official flyer. 

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Learn how to make your next event or party a green event here.
  

Truck & SUV Recycling!

Wheels For Wishes Offers FREE Car, do you have an old car, truck or suv that doesn't run? Wheels for Wishes will come to your home, tow it away at no cost to you!  Proceeds go directly to the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Check their donation program, Cars To Cure Breast Cancer, which accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off and uses the earned proceeds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

How do I report someone pouring substances into the storm drain?  Who do I report illegal dumping to? 
Storm drain violations and illegal dumping are to be reported to one of the following agencies:

  • Town of Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department: (408) 399-5770
  • West Valley Clean Water Program: (408) 354-5385
  • 911 (during non-business hours)
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