Conservation

Commitment to Environmental Conservation


Efficient water use is becoming increasingly important in the County. The James City Service Authority (JCSA) is the largest water utility in Virginia that is primarily reliant on groundwater, making water conservation a critical step to meet our future water needs and preserve this limited natural resource.

Several County departments and external partners work together to promote conservation programs, educate citizens on how to conserve and advise the Board of Supervisors on water supply and demand issues.
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Mini-Grants & Rebates


Applicants (and installation addresses) must be JCSA residential water customers with a current account balance. Rebate requests must be submitted and received within 180 days of purchase and installation. Experts in lawn and garden care are actively assisting government staff to encourage citizens landscaping to be smart in watering techniques and plant selection.
Grant/rebate Amount Apply online
High-efficiency dishwasher Up to $50 Apply for rebate
High-efficiency washing machine Up to $75 Apply for rebate
On-demand hot water recirculator Up to $50 Apply for rebate
WaterSense high-efficiency toilet Up to $40 (per toilet) Apply for rebate
Rain barrel and cistern Up to $25 (per rain barrel) Apply for rebate
Rain sensor Up to $25 Apply for rebate
Water Smart landscape Up to $250 Apply for rebate
Good Neighbor environment grant Up to $500 Coming soon!
Stormwater maintenance and repair Up to $50,000 Coming soon!
Garden love rain gardens Up to $5 per sq. ft. Coming soon!

Regulations

Outdoor Water Use Schedule

JCSA customers can use water outdoors for any purpose, at any time, on any day, as long as it is with a container or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. Starting May 1 through Sept. 30, any other method of outdoor water use (such as irrigation systems, sprinklers or hoses without automatic shutoff nozzles) must follow the outdoor water use schedule below, which is based on street address.
Day Restrictions Time
Monday Recovery day - No watering allowed 24 hours
Tuesday Even numbered addresses allowed to water Midnight-9 a.m., 5 p.m.-midnight
Wednesday Odd numbered addresses allowed to water Midnight-9 a.m., 5 p.m.-midnight
Thursday Even numbered addresses allowed to water Midnight-9 a.m., 5 p.m.-midnight
Friday Odd numbered addresses allowed to water Midnight-9 a.m., 5 p.m.-midnight
Saturday Even numbered addresses allowed to water Midnight-9 a.m., 5 p.m.-midnight
Sunday Odd numbered addresses allowed to water Midnight-9 a.m., 5 p.m.-midnight

Water Conservation Agreements

Most rezoning and special use permit applications include proffers or conditions to address water conservation practices such as water efficient landscaping, irrigation systems and indoor appliances.

View our neighborhood and development agreements

Resource Protection Areas


A Resource Protection Area (RPA) is comprised of land adjacent to water bodies with perennial flow and intrinsic value due to the ecological processes they perform or are sensitive to impacts which may result in degradation to state waters. Most land use activities in the RPA are generally prohibited or restricted unless they are considered water dependent, constitute redevelopment, deemed permitted buffer modifications or are exempt. In such cases, an application is made and a waiver, Chesapeake Bay Exception or exemption is granted.

View the development criteria for RPAs
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