Water-Energy Community Action Network (WE CAN)

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The Water-Energy Community Action Network (WE CAN) is a program supported by the California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to help the people of California adapt to climate change, and mitigate their carbon emissions. This program supports low-income communities as they seek water and energy savings. It is well documented that low-income communities are most vulnerable to climate change impacts, and though often already very efficient with resources, are also least able to adapt to the changing conditions.


The Water Energy Community Action Network is currently not accepting further customers.

WE CAN provided two main program components in the Santa Ana River Watershed at no cost to the resident: Free Water Fixture Replacement and Free Lawn Replacement.

Water Fixture Replacement

First, the Community Action Partnerships in Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties provided and installed indoor water-energy saving devices to homeowners at no cost.

Lawn Replacement

Second, WE CAN provided front-yard turf removal with drought tolerant landscape replacement for homes in four areas in the Santa Ana Watershed at no cost. Each project replaced 750-1000 square feet of turf with native or low-water landscaping, designed in consultation with each homeowner.