California American Water is partnering with the City of San Diego and San Diego County Water Authority on a new Sustainable Landscapes Program, which offers incentives to promote landscape improvements based on the latest sustainable practices. As part of the program, qualified applicants can receive up to $5,250 max ($1.75 per square foot up to 3,000 sq. feet ) to replace water-intensive turf grass with a more sustainable landscape.
A sustainable landscape starts with a watershed approach and considers every garden as though it were a mini-watershed, holding on to or cleaning all the water that falls on it and nurturing a diverse habitat of plants and insects. Then turn your attention to building healthy living soil, selecting climate-appropriate plants, and learning ways to efficiently water your landscape with both rainwater and irrigation. A native landscape requires 77 % less water, produces 66 % less green waste, and costs 68 % less for maintenance than a traditional garden. Properly selected and placed plants can lower home heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%. The San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program is the go-to resource to assist San Diego County residents in adopting sustainable landscaping best practices through education and training, technical assistance, landscaping materials and financial incentives.
For assistance or application support please contact:
Water Conservation Representative: Cristina Saldaña
Phone: 1-619-446-5706 or 1-619-816-8737.