Simple water efficiency that pays for itself.

Water Upgrades $ave is a water efficiency program for Bay Area residents in eligible water districts. This proven program helps eligible municipal water utilities to: 

  • Provide water efficiency improvements with little to no up-front-cost.

  • Deliver immediate savings on utility bills.

  • Reduce water consumption to address current and future supply restrictions.

  • Meet current and upcoming state codes.

This vetted water and energy-saving program is possible through a partnership with BayREN, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The Water Upgrades $ave is designed to promote water conservation and energy efficiency as a California way of life. 


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. We are also accepting contractor enrollments.

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The Program has proven successful through the development and implementation of on-bill water conservation programs at three Bay Area water utilities: 


  • Town of Windsor - Windsor Efficiency PAYS®

  • City of Hayward - Green Hayward PAYS® 

  • East Bay Municipal Utility District - EBMUD WaterSmart On-Bill Program 


As of 2020, 584 multi-family units and 247 single family projects have been completed with average water savings of 30% for multi-family units and 20% for single family houses. 

Click here to find out more about existing partner utilities.

Pilot Program Results

Customer Testimonials


“I knew I would probably save a little when I signed up for the program, but I am amazed by how much. Our first bill (bi-monthly) was reduced by $76.00 after installing just the basic measures for our two-person home.” 

―Windsor resident


"Green Hayward PAYS® was an easy way to upgrade our property and save money on our utility bill. I’d recommend this program to other multifamily properties."

―Sandro Fornesi, Owner of Plaza Verde and Eden Apartments and Green Hayward PAYS® participant​