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.
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.
|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||Apply for grant|
|Garden love rain gardens||Up to $5 per sq. ft.||Coming soon!|
Outdoor Water Use ScheduleJCSA 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.
|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 AgreementsMost 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