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.

Level 2 Drought Alert Mandatory Water Use Restriction
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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 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Voucher & 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. View information on Residential Programs and Commercial Programs.

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

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. To request a survey, click here to apply.

Turf Replacement and Turf Removal Program
The San Diego County Water Authority's WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program offers an incentive of $1.50 per square foot to eligible customers who replace existing water-intensive turf grass with water-efficient landscaping. Customers may receive up to $3,000 for residential properties and up to $9,000 for commercial properties. Click here for more information and to apply.

In addition, Metropolitan Water District's SoCal WaterSmart Turf Removal Program offers an incentive of $2.00 per square foot who replace turf grass with artificial turf or California friendly drought tolerant landscape. Click here for more information and to apply. 

Water Authority and SoCal WaterSmart rebates can be combined, though they require separate applications, and include some differing requirements and limits. Both programs require participants to register and be approved for participation before removing turf grass.
 
Free Water Efficient Landscape Plans
Padre Dam, in conjunction with Helix Water District, Otay Water District, Sweetwater Authority, with partial funding provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, acquired the services of four widely known San Diego landscape architects to draw model landscape plans that comport with the state's Model Landscape Ordinance.

The landscape plans are available online for free. Plans are themed to fit common family audiences, including Empty Nesters / Entertainer Landscape, Pet Friendly Landscape, Children Friendly Landscape and Native / Wildlife Friendly Landscape.

Free Low-Flow Showerhead Kits
Visit our Customer Service Center at 9300 Fanita Parkway to receive a free low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads must replace an older, non-low-flow showerhead. Provided by SDG&E. Limit 1 per household.

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.

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.