eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle
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.Flipbook of Guide
Certified WaterSmart Landscapers
Qualified Water Efficient Landscapers across San Diego County are trained in WaterSmart landscape practices such as plant selection, irrigation system design and water management. The list of certified graduates continues to grow and serve the region.
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.
Water Footprint Calculator
Estimates how much water homes use indoors and outdoors, compares consumption to average and highly efficient homes in the same area with same number of residents and suggests where to begin water-use efficiency improvements.
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.
The Water Authority has curated thousands of pictures of plants and garden designs that are well-suited to a Mediterranean climate. Take visual tours of beautiful, water-efficient landscapes through photographs that include hotlinks to plant information screens. Pictures are organized by landscape category to make them easy to find. Explore galleries of ideas for back yards, front yards, hillsides, patios, planters and other outdoor living areas.