Conservation

As stewards of our local water resource, we have a responsibility to protect wsave water handater and use it wisely. San Bernardino is recovering from several years of dry conditions which made a significant impact to our local water supplies. While San Bernardino residents have already done a great job learning to use water more efficiently, to ensure sustainable water supplies for the future, we must continue our water-saving efforts by embracing conservation as a way of life.

Join the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation


The City of San Bernardino is participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The challenge is a friendly competition between cities across the nation to see which community can be the most water-wise. Please help San Bernardino become a national leader in water conservation. Visit MyWaterPledge.com anytime in April to make your pledge! Residents have a chance to win hundreds of prizes and nominate one local charity to win a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The contest runs April 1-30. Don't wait! Visit MyWaterPledge.com to make your pledge today. 

Water Conservation Tips

The good news is water conservation doesn’t have to mean sacrifice! Even small adjustments can make a big difference in your water use. It is our goal to help you on your way to water efficiency.

Find tips, incentives, and inspirations to help you save water (PDF)

Water Conservation Rebate Programs

San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD) is proud to offer one of our region’s most robust water conservation rebate programs. Each residential customer is eligible for up to $2,000 in indoor and outdoor water conservation rebates. We encourage you to apply for your rebate today!

View the Water Conservation Rebates page

Water Use Efficiency Standards

An important component of promoting long-term conservation is reducing outdoor water waste. In an effort to protect local water supplies and encourage efficient water use, outdoor water use restrictions remain in effect. 

View the Water Use Efficiency Standards page

  1. SBMWD Water Conservation Goal
  2. ca conservation laws: SB 606 & AB 1668

In May 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted an emergency drought regulation requiring a 25% reduction in potable water use across the state. SWRCB’s emergency regulation outlined percentage reduction tiers (conservation standards) in gross water production for each urban water supplier to achieve the 25% reduction. Initially, the Department’s conservation standard was set at 28%, but as SWRCB continued to refine the emergency regulation, the Department’s standard was reduced multiple times and is now set at 15% which reflects the Department's water supply management goals.