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Drought Alert: Mandatory Water Use Restrictions

The City enacted its Drought Alert mandatory water use restrictions on November 1, 2014, in response to serious drought conditions statewide. These restrictions remain in effect at this time and the City is asking residents to be sure to abide by these important rules, designed to reduce water consumption in these types of severe drought conditions. Read all water use restrictions currently in place.

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Grass Replacement and Micro-Irrigation Rebates

Update: Funding for the City of San Diego's Grass Replacement and Micro-Irrigation rebate programs has been exhausted and applications are no longer being accepted. We thank all of you who are participating in the rebates and for making the choice to go water-wise.

Rain Barrel Rebates

Rebates for rain barrels are still available through the City of San Diego. Rain barrels are used to capture rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops. These barrels are a quick way to conserve - then use - water for irrigation purposes, as well as to help prevent pollution by reducing the amount of runoff entering our storm drain system. To learn more about this program, visit the Rebate Programs page.

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Do It Yourself Planning for the Future
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Resources & Tools
Leading By Example Water Use Restrictions
Outdoor Irrigation Water Use Enforcement

Residential and Commercial Water Surveys Available At No Cost

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Leaks and over irrigation can cause significant waste. The City of San Diego offers Water Conservation services, including its Residential Water Survey, Multi-Family Survey, Commercial Survey and Water-Wise Business Survey programs. These free programs are available to property owners and tenants located within the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department's service area.

Visit the Water Surveys Programs page for more details

For a survey appointment and more information, call (619) 570-1999, or email watersurvey@sandiego.gov.

Free California-Friendly Landscape Classes

A water-efficient yard is a great way to save water during the drought, and long thereafter. Need more inspiration? Then sign up for a FREE California-Friendly Landscape Class!

The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies (including the City of San Diego) are partnering with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer free training classes on WaterSmart landscaping. The classes introduce a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency. Participants will learn to think about landscapes from the soil up and to design landscapes that are sustainable in the San Diego climate.

For a schedule and information on all of the free WaterSmart landscaping classes in the County, please visit: Water Smart California Friendly Landscape Training Class.