San Diego County Embraces WaterSmart Living
Using water efficiently is a way of life and an important responsibility that comes along with the benefits of living in a beautiful Mediterranean climate like San Diegans enjoy. Over the past decade, residents and businesses across the county have adopted “WaterSmart” plants, irrigation technologies and habits that not only save money, but also create vibrant yards, reduce energy use, protect natural resources and reduce landscape maintenance.
The Water Authority partners with other agencies and organizations to offer a variety of WaterSmart tools, including classes and rebates, along with a water-use calculator and other resources.
FREE Water-Efficient Devices for Low-Income Residents
The San Diego County Water Authority has secured $3 million in grant funds to install water-efficient toilets and smart irrigation controllers in underrepresented communities across the region, bolstering the agency’s long-running efforts to enhance water affordability.
Programs & Rebates
Residential Incentives and Programs
Residents can take advantage of savings on a variety of water-saving technologies such as high-efficiency clothes washers and toilets, rain barrels and irrigation nozzles. Residents can schedule free Water Use Surveys to make their properties more water-efficient.
Commercial Incentives and Programs
From free on-farm irrigation assessments of irrigation water to incentives for converting industrial water systems to recycled water service, there are numerous opportunities to improve water efficiency at commercial properties.
Agricultural Rebates and Programs
The Agricultural Water Management Program provides services and incentives for agricultural customers in the Water Authority service area.
WaterSmart landscapes incorporate elements of sustainable landscaping such as healthy, living soils, climate-appropriate plants, high-efficiency irrigation and rainwater harvesting, and generate many environmental and community benefits. The Water Authority can help you create your own WaterSmart landscape with free classes and on-demand videos.
Creating a WaterSmart landscape requires careful planning and implementation, but offer many benefits including: improving the beauty of your property, reducing maintenance, minimizing water pollution due to runoff, and conserving water. Here are some resources to help you live a WaterSmart lifestyle.
Several water agencies across San Diego County have teamed up to promote beautiful, low-water landscapes through contests. Check out past winners for inspiration and learn how to participate.