Commercial & Industrial

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Commercial  and Industrial Water Use

Mandatory Water Efficiency Retrofits by December 31, 2013

Water efficiency requirements for all non-residential users within the MPWMD must be achieved by December 31, 2013.  Visitor serving commercial properties have additional requirements to meet by that date.

For a printable list of water efficiency requirements, please click on the link below.


Questions about these programs should be addressed to or call 831-658-5601.

Large Landscape Grants

California American Water will be offering grants designed to encourage schools, parks and cities to upgrade irrigation equipment. Funding is available for items such as weather-sensitive irrigation controllers, rain sensors and high-efficiency sprinkler-heads. Technologies including water budget management systems, weather-based timers and specialized irrigation systems that minimize water loss and maximize efficiency are also eligible for the program. For more information, contact the California American Water conservation department at (831) 646-3205.

Water Use Audit

California American Water offers free assistance in water conserving practices to commercial, industrial and institutional customers. Water efficiency can reduce costs for businesses and has the added benefit of reducing energy use. Call today for an appointment, in which one of our certified conservation experts will inspect your business or facility for ways to save water and lower your utility bills. During the audit, our certified water conservation experts will:

> Evaluate and analyze water savings
> Provide an annual water consumption history
> Calculate a cost/benefit analysis for water conserving technology
> Provide water efficient plumbing fixtures, devices and materials, subject to availability
> Provide a detailed site evaluation and recommended fixture upgrades and water management practices
> Offer rebate incentives for:

  • Commercial clothes washers
  • Zero water consumption urinals
  • On-demand pump or point of source water heaters
  • Commercial high-efficiency toilets
  • Smart controllers, rain sensors and soil sensors

After the survey is complete, you will receive a summary report of findings and recommendations. Surveys will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To schedule your free survey, please contact the California American Water conservation office at: (831) 646-3205.
Permits Required

Water Permits from MPWMD are required prior to any non-residential new construction, increase in square-footage or change in use (changing from one type of business to a more or less intensive type of use as shown on Table 2, MPWMD Rule 24 ). Additional information can be found in MPWMD Rules 23 and 24. To review these rules, please CLICK HERE.


Survey Forms

BMP Commercial Survey: Non-Residential Best Management Practices Survey

Towel/Linen Reuse Program

California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District provide free placards to hotels and restaurants, reminding customers to save water.

The water cards take three forms, a linens card, and bathroom card for hotels and a table card for restaurants. The linens card can be placed on a nightstand asking guests to place the card on the pillow if they would like their linens changed, or leave the card, if they would like to use the linens again. The bathroom card asks guests to place towels on the floor if they need replacing or to re-hang the towels that will be used again.

The restaurant cards remind guests that ‘Water is Precious on California’s Central Coast’. If a customer would like water they are asked to request it, otherwise a glass will not be served, in compliance with current Monterey Peninsula Water Management District rules. Every glass of water that is served costs four glasses of water in the washing and rinsing of the glass. So, for every glass not served, five glasses are saved.

Using the cards can decrease a business’ impact on water supply as well as decrease their water bills. The cards were created in partnership with local agencies including the Monterey County Hospitality Association, Water Awareness Committee of Monterey County, Marina Coast Water District and the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments.