The idea behind xeriscaping simply involves using as many native drought-resistant substances as possible and having them arranged in efficient and water-saving ways. To explain better, the philosophy behind xeriscaping involves using rocks and cacti instead of native flowers and grass.
Evaluate the efficiency of your irrigation system, noting and flagging problems
Make recomendations for upgrades and repairs
Provide a personal irrgiation schedule
Send you a detailed written report
Prepare a pre-landscape rebate survey if appropriate
Landscape Rebate Program The Landscape Rebate Program provides rebates for homeowners and businesses that increase their outdoor water use efficiency by replacing high water use landscape and/or upgrading to high efficiency irrigation equipment. Maximum rebate amounts may apply to participating residents and properties in Santa Clara County by replacing high water using plants, such as turf grass, with low water using plants from an approved plant list or by installing permeable hardscape.
Learn more about qualifying equipment and rebates amounts from SCVWD.
SOUTH BAY GREEN GARDENS
South Bay Green Gardens
offers great tips for drought tolerant landscapes.
Take a look at their website. Click on the flier.
How to use your meter to check for leaks:
You'll need gloves, a large screwdriver, and the water meter number on your bill.
STEP 1. Make sure no one is using water on your property. Be sure to check that automatic devices such as irrigation and pool fillers are not running.
STEP 2. Find Your Water Meter
Most water meter boxes are located on your property within 10-15 feet of the road or along the road in front or to the side of your house. The boxes typically have a concrete cover with the word "WATER", but can have a metal cover if it's in the roadway. There may be a blue spot of paint on the road near the box. There may be a backflow device in a green padded cover near your meter. Sometimes meter boxes are located in less obvious places, covered with mulch or shrubbery. If you need assistance finding the box, please contact us during regular office hours.
CUWCC California Urban Water Conservation Water Council
Conservation technology, Legislation, technical resources and publications.
EBMUD East Bay Municipal Utility District. To manage the natural resources with which the District is entrusted; to provide reliable, high quality water and wastewater services at fair and reasonable rates for the people of the EastBay; and to preserve and protect the environment for future generations. California Department of Water Sources - DWR operates and maintains the State Water Project, including the California Aqueduct. The department also provides dam safety and flood control services, assists local water districts in water management and conservation activities, promotes recreational opportunities, and plans for future statewide water needs.
H2OUSE Water Saver Virtual water conservation options in the home. Garden guides, water budget calculator. Top 5 steps to conserve water. Additional resources.
Water Wise Consulting Resource for water agencies & contractors. These are the people who come out for SCVWDs free irrigation evaluation & irrigation assistance.
Northern California Water Association To promote the economic, social and environmental viability of Northern California by enhancing and preserving its water rights, supplies and water quality.
CIMIS - The California Irrigation Management Information System is a program in the Office of Water Use Efficiency (OWUE), California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that manages a network of over 120 automated weather stations in the state of California. CIMIS was developed to assist Californias irrigators manage their water resources efficiently. Efficient use of water resources benefits Californians by saving water, energy, and money.
BAWSCABay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.