San Diego County Embraces WaterSmart Living

Water-use efficiency is a way of life in San Diego County
July 26, 2016

Investments in drought-resilient water supplies mean the San Diego region has all of the water needed to sustain our $222 billion economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents even after five years of drought, and we are no longer under emergency state mandates to reduce water use. But that doesn’t mean we can waste water.

In fact, making the most of every drop is always important in semi-arid San Diego County. That’s why the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies have launched the Live WaterSmart campaign just in time for the peak water-use months of August and September.

Living WaterSmart means that we stay focused on everyday actions that make the best use of our precious water supplies. We do that by washing full loads of laundry and dishes, looking for and fixing leaks and overspray in irrigation systems, and replacing lawns with climate-appropriate plants.

The Water Authority offers plenty of resources to help, including free water-use checkups for homes and businesses that offer customized advice about actions that will yield water savings. Live WaterSmart resources include:

WaterSmart CheckupsQualified Water-Efficient Landscaper Training
WaterSmart Landscape Makeover ProgramReport Water Waste Mobile App
Landscape Makeover Videos On Demand WaterSmart Landscaping Web-Based Plant Finder
Incentives on Water Efficient Devices Residential Landscape Design Templates
eGuide to a WaterSmart LifestyleNifty 50 Plants for WaterSmart Landscapes
Residential Water-Use CalculatorA Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape

WaterSmart Checkups

WaterSmart Checkups include free, site-specific water-saving recommendations from certified irrigation professionals. Homeowners and property managers can use the no-obligation assessment to decide if and when to make changes. Participation is limited. Checkups are available to owners and managers of commercial, multi-family, industrial, public or single-family properties. Click here for more information.

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program

With instruction and coaching from industry professionals, this free program will educate and empower you to develop actionable landscape makeover plans. Choose from the four-class series or the three-hour workshop. Plus you can get a preview of by watching our new landscape makeover Videos On Demand. All of these will put you one step closer to a better way to beautiful. Click here to find classes that will help you create a garden that loves San Diego as much as you do.

Landscape Makeover Videos On Demand

Replacing your thirsty turf grass with a WaterSmart landscape is a great way to reduce your water use. Whether you want to do a complete remodel or update only a portion of your landscape, these videos will help you identify what type of landscape will meet your needs and maximize your landscape's water savings potential.

Host Sharon Lowe will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your very own beautiful, water-efficient landscape. From measuring your property to getting to know your soil to picking the right plants for the right place, these entertaining and informative videos will guide you along the path to a WaterSmart landscape.

Incentives on Water Efficient Devices

Incentives for devices that improve water use efficiency on residential properties are offered through SoCal Water$mart. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis and rebate amounts are subject to change. Visit SoCal Water$mart for the most current incentive information. Available rebates include:

  • High-efficiency clothes washers: $85 (an additional rebate may be available from San Diego Gas & Electric)
  • Premium high-efficiency toilets: up to $40
  • Rotating sprinkler nozzles: $2 each, with a minimum purchase of 30
  • Rain barrels: $75 each, with a maximum of 4 or $300 for one cistern
  • Soil moisture sensors: $80 for smaller landscapes or $35 per station for larger landscapes
  • Weather-based irrigation controllers: $80 per controller for smaller landscapes or $35 per station for larger landscapes

eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

Our eGuide is your digital go-to resource for living water-efficiently in San Diego County. In addition to indoor water saving tips, this eGuide will walk you through the planning, installation and maintenance of a WaterSmart landscape. With the click of a mouse, users can surf the guide and other helpful sites to learn where to take landscape classes, what websites will help them research a product or find the perfect plant, how much water they use, when to irrigate, what plant zone they live in, who to hire, how much mulch is needed and more. Resources include:

  • inspirational plant and garden photos
  • helpful videos
  • plant finders
  • interactive maps
  • animated graphics
  • home and garden calculators
  • design tools

and so much more! Click here to open our eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle.