WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program

Using water efficiently is a way of life and an important responsibility that comes along with the benefits of living in a beautiful, Mediterranean climate like San Diego County. A WaterSmart landscape is all about rethinking the way we use our limited water resources, and making smart choices to reduce outdoor water by designing beautiful and appropriate landscapes for our region. Working together, we can all help ensure a reliable water supply and keep San Diego County vibrant, prosperous and naturally beautiful ... now, and for generations to come.

The WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program is an award-winning educational program developed in 2012 by the San Diego County Water Authority in conjunction with MiraCosta College and the San Diego Botanic Garden. The program is based on the first edition of this Homeowner’s Guide and is designed to empower homeowners with the skills and knowledge necessary to convert a turf area into a WaterSmart landscape. 

As of January 1, 2010, all jurisdictions within the State of California adopted a Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance to comply with Assembly Bill 1881. This step-by-step program is intended to assist homeowners in meeting the spirit of this ordinance and its 2015 update. For compliance with specific requirements relative to where you live, including any relevant landscape permits, please contact your local land use agency.