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Water efficiency is the Santa Rosa way of life! More than half of our water is used outside, so reduce your water use, improve plant health, and create a beautiful, vibrant low water use garden. It's a dry year. Save water with us!

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It’s time to TURN OFF your irrigation.

The most impactful way to continue to save water in fall and winter is by turning OFF our irrigation systems, as irrigation is not necessary to maintain a healthy landscape. Fall is the time of year that plants start to conserve energy by going dormant to prepare for winter rest. Whether you water by hand or have an automatic system, we must commit to turning off outdoor irrigation until spring to save water. The water we save now may be the water we need next summer. Let's make every drop count. 

Water Recommendations

Watering Recommendations

Free weekly watering recommendations for your garden.

Understanding Irrigation

Understanding Your Irrigation System

Garden irrigation can seem intimidating, but with the right resources it doesn't have to be. 

Planting Garden

WaterSmart Garden Design Tools

Let us help you design your new WaterSmart garden.

Maintaining Garden

Maintaining a WaterSmart Garden

Just like any garden, low water-use landscapes also require a little TLC. 

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  1. thank you for saving water

    Local Reservoirs Full; City Council Rescinds Water Shortage Emergency

    The generous amounts of rain received by the Russian River Watershed this winter have fully restored water supply in our local drinking water reservoirs. Read More...
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    Eco-Friendly Garden Tour

    Saving water is beautiful. Join us on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and explore beautiful low water-use gardens that showcase sustainable landscaping practices in Sonoma and Marin counties. Additional Info...
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    Santa Rosans Transform 4 Million Square Feet of Grass Into Water-Saving Landscapes

    Thanks to the commitment of Santa Rosa’s community to save water, residents and businesses in the city have transformed over 4 million square feet of grass into beautiful, water-saving landscapes. Read on...
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    2023 Water-Use Efficiency Award Nominations

    Know an individual and organization that have practiced extraordinary water saving habits in Santa Rosa? Nominate yourself or your business, or someone else you know who has been extra creative with saving water at their home or organization in 2022! Additional Info...
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    Everything You Need to Know About Rainwater Harvesting

    With an average annual rainfall in Santa Rosa of 30 inches, you could harvest and reuse over 19,800 gallons of water per year with that 1,000 square foot roof. Additional Info...
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    Is Your Home Rain Ready? Simple Actions Have Big Impacts.

    It's that time of year to rake leaves, clear gutters, and replace windshield wiper blades. People caring for their homes can unknowingly impact local creeks. Additional Info...
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    Call for WaterSmart Gardens!

    The 2023 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour will take place in May and return to in-person! Feeling inspired to show off your native focused garden? Learn how to participate! Additional Info...
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    Drought Resources For Businesses

    Santa Rosa’s team is here to help with free water saving devices, rebates to achieve permanent water savings, and more. For businesses, Santa Rosa Water is offering $1.50 per sq. ft. of turf removed, up to max of 10,000 sq. ft. or $15,000.00 annually. Additional Info...
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    Help Your Trees Survive Drought

    Give your trees some TLC. We need trees and trees need our care. Adding mulch under the canopy and providing infrequent but deep watering will keep your trees thriving. Additional Info...
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    WaterSmart Plant Picker

    Scroll through beautiful, lush, colorful, low water use shrubs, flowers, and trees that thrive in our climate with the easy-to-use WaterSmart Plant Picker. Additional Info...
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    Hire a QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) Pro for Your WaterSmart Landscaping Needs

    Hire a QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) Pro for your WaterSmart landscaping needs. QWEL Pros have been trained in efficient irrigation principles and sustainable landscaping practices. Find a QWEL Pro today! Additional Info...
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    Saving Water Summer Pop Ups

    Pick up a free water-saving drought toolkit this summer at one of the many community events our Santa Rosa Water team is attending through September. Additional Info...
  13. Cash for Grass

    Cash for Grass Rebate

    Santa Rosa Water has increased its Cash for Grass rebate as of July 12, 2021. Now removing a square foot of grass will earn you $1.50 with a maximum rebate of $1,500 and save you approximately 5,500 gallons of water each year. Additional Info...
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