Conservation

Overview

Padre Dam offers a variety of programs to help customers become more water efficient and reduce water use. Save water and you'll save money and San Diego's water supply.

Please note: Irrigation runoff is prohibited. Irrigation runoff pollutes our water with sediment, pesticide, nutrients, and bacteria. Visit www.santeeH2o.org for more information on irrigation runoff.

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Are you proud of your water-efficient landscape? Enter the 2019 WaterSmart Landscape Contest for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate. The WaterSmart Landscape Contest seeks to recognize San Diego County customers for their drought-tolerant landscapes. The judgment criteria include: overall attractiveness, design, efficient use of irrigation methods, and appropriate plant selection and maintenance. The deadline to submit all of the required materials for the contest is April 26, 2019.  For more information about the landscape contest, visit the SoCal WaterSmart website. 

Incentive Programs

Padre Dam offers vouchers and other free programs for water-saving devices. You must have a voucher before purchasing a water-saving device to receive the incentive. Visit SoCal WaterSmart for more information on Residential Programs and Commercial Programs.

Padre Dam's Water Efficient Landscape Garden

Padre Dam has a water conservation garden located at our headquarters at 9300 Fanita Parkway in Santee. Come enjoy a stroll through our water efficient landscape and see over 175 plant species. Garden Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Image of plants in the Conservation Garden in front of building

Landscape Transformation Program

Residents in San Diego County can receive up to $2.00 per square foot for replacing turf with sustainable landscaping features as part of a new Landscape Transformation Program launched across Southern California. This program rewards landscape designs that incorporate water-saving plants, technology, irrigation systems and hardware.

For more information and to apply for funding visit the Be Water Wise website.

Water Efficient Landscape Examples

Padre Dam has identified over 20 properties within our service area as beautiful examples of a water efficient yard. These colorful properties will provide ideas and inspiration for you to improve the water efficiency of your yard. View the water efficient landscape examples in Padre Dam's service area.

Free Residential Landscape Survey

Want to control irrigation costs? Take advantage of our free residential survey that is available to single family customers looking for help in reducing outdoor water use. Surveys are designed to identify potential leaks, recommend water conserving devices, assess irrigation efficiency, and determine the proper landscape watering schedule that will be site specific to your home. This is a free, no obligation program. Request a survey to apply.

Water Efficient Landscaping

The Water Conservation Garden offers a variety of classes on replacing and maintaining a water-efficient landscape. For more information, view the Water Conservation Garden Calendar.

Landscape Watering Calculator

The City of San Diego offers an online landscape calculator to help you determine landscape watering times for different months of the year. Calculate watering times for your landscape.

Customer Water Audit

This Do-It-Yourself Water Audit (PDF) will help you understand your water meter, check for leaks, estimate your household water usage and make adjustments to your water use.