Conservation Rethink How You Use Water

Conservation: Rethink How You Use Water

Did you know that you can help protect San Diego’s water quality by using water more efficiently?  By preventing over-irrigation and unnecessary outdoor water use, you can help to prevent polluted water runoff from entering our stormwater conveyances and waterways. 

In this time of drought, it is especially important to take time to reevaluate the way we use water.  There are many easy things that we can each do to help save water – and get the dual benefit of protecting the quality of our streams, lakes, and ocean at the same time! The County of San Diego Watershed Protection Ordinance urges you to use water efficiently, especially outdoors.

What Can I Do?

  • Sweep Up - Use a broom to clean your driveway or porch instead of a hose. You’ll get the benefit of exercise and fresh air while saving water.
  • Tune Up - Adjust your sprinklers to water your landscape, not the pavement. While you’re at it, fix those leaky pipes, faucets and sprinkler heads, to save as much as 20 gallons of water per day.
  • Cover Up - Just a few inches of mulch will not only prevent weed growth and other pests, but can save 40 gallons of water per day.


Want to learn more?

The resources below provide further information on how to conserve water and protect our waterways:

  • Save Our Water: A joint effort by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources to establish a statewide educational program on water conservation in response to severe water challenges facing the state.

  • San Diego County Water Authority: Provides tools for planning a drought tolerant landscape, plant choices, watering tips, and other resources.

  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: Offers current drought information, water supply levels, conservation tips, a rebate finder, and landscape watering calculator.

  • The Garden: The water conservation garden at Cuyamaca College has nearly five acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of gardens. Admission is free and workshops are offered every month.


Contact Us

If you have questions about our program, or would like additional information call the County Storm Drain Pollution hotline at: 1(888) 846-0800 or e-mail us at 


Thank you for doing your part to protect our waterways!