How to Embrace WaterSmart Living

The “eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle” covers a wide array of topics, including landscape design, water-efficient plants, outdoor rooms, finding and fixing leaks, healthy soil, smart buys on plumbing fixtures, landscape maintenance and drought survival for gardens. It offers everything from design ideas for creating themed planting zones to strategies for using “graywater” at homes and irrigating efficiently. Features will be added regularly to reflect innovations and other developments.

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Nifty 50 Plant Guide

Enhance your garden with WaterSmart plants that reflect the beauty of San Diego’s natural environment. The Nifty 50 plants are attractive, non-invasive, easy to maintain, long-term performers and are water-wise once established. You can find them at local nurseries.

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Homeowner’s WaterSmart Guide

This full-color, magazine-style guide  provides homeowners with a  variety of tools and ideas for starting and maintaining low-water-use yards. It covers everything from plant selection and placement to budgeting for landscape retrofits.

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Sustainable Landscaping Guide

Photos, diagrams and checklists for following sustainable landscaping principles including: climate-appropriate plants, high-efficiency irrigation equipment, rainwater capture and detention features, and soil amendments to improve water efficiency.

Water Use Surveys

A Water Use Survey is your opportunity to receive free site-specific water-saving recommendations. You’ll benefit from the perspective of our certified irrigation professionals. And you decide if and when to implement the suggestions.

WaterSmart Gallery

The Water Authority has curated pictures of plants and garden designs that are well-suited to a Mediterranean climate. Explore beautiful, water-efficient landscapes for ideas for back yards, front yards, hillsides, patios, planters and other outdoor living areas.

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