Your WaterSmart Landscape project is very important

Thank you for your interest in the WaterSmart Turf Replacement program (WaterSmart). This brief tutorial was developed to help make your important project even more successful. Your new project will benefit both you and the San Diego region in many ways in addition to conserving water.

Preserve our limited drinking water

Southern California’s water supplies have been permanently reduced. Your new WaterSmart landscape may permanently reduce your need for outdoor irrigation by as much as 40 percent!

Protect our upstream environment

Half the drinking water consumed in Southern California is imported through hundreds of miles of aqueducts from environmentally sensitive ecosystems. By conserving water in San Diego, you will help reduce the pressure to extract more water from northern California’s Sacramento Delta and from the Colorado River.

Protect our coastal waters

WaterSmart landscapes minimize runoff, reducing pollution to our coastal watersheds.  The runoff from lawns often contains pollutants such as animal waste, grass clippings, fertilizers and herbicides. This runoff flows into storm drains where it is transported directly into our coastal waters. Your WaterSmart landscape will reduce the runoff and the pollution load by greatly reducing the landscape’s need for water, using efficient watering systems that create little to no runoff, demanding less chemical treatments, using compost and other material to enrich the soil and slow the flow of water, and, when possible, grading the landscape to keep rainwater on-site. 

Beautify our neighborhoods

A well-designed WaterSmart landscape enhances the appearance of your property, transforming it into a vibrant neighborhood showcase. WaterSmart landscapes incorporate richly colored and textured elements and beautiful plants that naturally thrive in the San Diego County’s Mediterranean climate, many of which provide food, habitat and other benefits to birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Reduce yard maintenance

A WaterSmart landscape often reduces or eliminates the need for weekly mowing and use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.  Other than occasional watering and weeding, your WaterSmart Landscape will require less maintenance – freeing you up to enjoy the beautiful new landscape!