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Water Upgrades Save

Water Upgrades Save is a turnkey water efficiency program for Bay Area municipal water utilities. With Water Upgrades Save, municipal water utility customers can install water and energy efficiency upgrades with little-to-no upfront cost — using a monthly utility-approved on-bill charge that is significantly lower than the estimated savings.

Download the program flyer: Learn more details about program benefits, the program model and how to enroll.

Proven Water Efficiency Drives Customer Savings

BayREN makes it easy to implement water-saving solutions.

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We Do the Work!
  • Market program
  • Enroll Customers
  • Manage installs
  • Finance projects
  • Monitor quality
  • Support customers
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Simple for Utility!
  • Sign up
  • Set targets
  • Align billing
  • Guide outreach
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Utility & Customer Get Rewards!
  • Increase affordability
  • Maximize water supply
  • Reduce waste
  • Exceed current code
  • Meet State targets

Benefits for Water Utilities

This proven program helps municipal water utilities:

  • Deliver immediate savings on customer utility bills
  • Reduce water consumption to address current and future supply restrictions
  • Meet current and upcoming state codes
  • Invest in and manage customer demand without adding staff or raising capital

If you represent a water utility or local government in one of the nine Bay Area counties, your agency may be eligible to participate in this innovative program.

Benefits for Municipalities

Municipalities with their own water utility can use Water Upgrades Save to:

  • Meet state and local policy goals
  • Support underserved customers (low- and moderate-income customers and renters)
  • Produce water and energy savings on the customer side of the meter

The program can be coordinated with current indoor and outdoor water conservation efforts to best meet each municipality’s needs.

Partnerships and Pilots

Water Upgrades Save was successfully piloted with programs in the Town of Windsor, City of Hayward and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).

This vetted water- and energy-saving program is possible through a partnership with BayREN, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). 

Water Upgrades Save is designed to promote water efficiency as a California way of life.