Although the 2007-2009 drought in California is officially over, it will be temporary and water conservation will remain part of the water discussion for some time. The City takes pride in supplying residents and businesses with clean, safe drinking water. However, water conservation is increasingly important as our community continues to grow and develop. Our freshwater supplies are limited and we all have a responsibility to use this resource wisely. Water conservation doesn't mean going without water; it means optimizing water use by reducing the water we waste and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the water we use.
Each year over 50% of the City's water is used to water landscaping, with most of this water being used in the five months between May and September. To help offset the significant stress placed on our limited water resources by indoor use and landscape irrigation, the City offers the following water conservation rebate and educational programs aimed at decreasing high summer water usage, and saving you money:
Monthly seminars on sustainable landscaping practices were offered June through November in 2009. DVDs of the seminars are also available at the County Library located at 800 West Branch Street in Arroyo Grande.
The City's Plumbing Retrofit Program includes installation or adjustment of showerheads, toilets, faucet aerators, and pressure regulators for single-family and multi-family residential units constructed prior to 1992. For more information about this program, please call (805) 473-5460.
Check out the Central Coast's new interactive waterwise landscaping website for everying you need to design a beautiful drought-tolerant landscape.