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Free California-Friendly Landscape Classes

A more attractive and water-efficient yard sounds enticing, doesn't it? Need more inspiration? Then sign up for a FREE California-Friendly Landscape Class!

The San Diego Public Utilities Department is partnering with the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer free training classes on WaterSmart landscaping. The class introduces a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency. This class does not discuss specific plants, but provides a solid foundation regarding landscape planning before selecting plants.

The three-hour seminars are fast-paced and informative. They offer solutions to common landscape problems. Participants will learn to think about landscapes from the soil up. In addition, they will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in the San Diego climate. Class topics will include how to make the best use of the region's limited rainfall, irrigate efficiently and choose the best plants for each yard.

The classes will take place on:

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Rancho Bernardo Library, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, 92128
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Allied Gardens Receration Center, 5155 Greenbrier Avenue, San Diego, 92120
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Canyonside Receration Center, 12350 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, 92129

To enroll, please e-mail For more information please call (619) 533-4238. For information about all of the free WaterSmart landscaping classes in the County, please visit: Water Smart California Friendly Landscape Training Class.

Current Water Use Restrictions Explained

No doubt you've heard a variety of messages and advertisements from various regional and state agencies working to remind citizens to conserve water in the midst of our serious drought conditions. To further understand the current restrictions within the City of San Diego, please see below.

What Hours Can I Water?
Currently (from June 1 through October 31), City of San Diego customers must adhere to summer watering times (watering before the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) to minimize evaporation. From November 1 through May 31, water before 10 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.

What are the Mandatory and Voluntary Water Use Restrictions?
In addition to the hours-of-the-day watering restrictions, the rest of the City's mandatory water use restrictions are also year-around, and have been in effect since 2011. In addition, on July 1, 2014, the City also implemented a set of Voluntary Water Use Restrictions in response to the worsening drought conditions statewide. For a complete list of these important rules, read the City of San Diego Water Use Restrictions.

Survey Programs Available Now!

Residential and Commercial Water Surveys

Leaks and over irrigation can cause significant waste. The City of San Diego offers free Water Conservation services:

For a survey appointment and more information, call (619) 570-1999, or email

When water timers are set correctly, customers are using water more efficiently. For more information on water conservation and the City's landscape watering calculator, which helps customers determine the amount of water use according to their specific landscape design, visit the Waste No Water Information and Resources page.

Tools to Help Eliminate Water Waste

A Landscape Watering Calculator is available here, to help you determine how long to water your landscape.

In addition, the San Diego County Water Authority offers a Residential Household Water Use Calculator to help residents estimate how much water they use in their homes, and provides practical tips for conserving.