WaterSmart gardener


The WaterSmart garden is beautiful and water efficient.

Welcome to WaterSmart gardener, your go-to resource center for outdoor water conservation. Here you'll find incentives, tips, services, events, and more to help you create and maintain a water-efficient landscape at your home or place of business.


Cash for grass +

EBMUD offers a range of 6 types of rebates for your yard, from converting your lawn to installing drip irrigation.

Graywater rebates

Get a rebate of up to $50 for purchase of a graywater system 3-way diverter valve.

Community garden grants

These grants support community organizations who create community gardens or urban farm projects that demonstrate water conserving principles.

Landscape Advisory Committee (LAC)

EBMUD hosts a monthly meeting for a range of professionals related to sustainable landscaping and outdoor water conservation. Find out more.

Call for workshop presenters

EBMUD is currently seeking qualified presenters and workshop facilitators in the area of sustainable gardening and outdoor water conservation. For more information, please see the Presenters and Workshop Facilitators Request for Information.

Nursery partners

EBMUD partners with nurseries throughout the East Bay in support of your quest for a water-efficient garden. See the links below.

Mulch discount coupons

Save water, beautify your garden, and enhance the health of the soil with the magic of mulch.

“I’m a waterSmart plant” tags

Plant tags and posters at area nurseries help you make WaterSmart plant choices.


Save water, and save trees!

Lawns across the East Bay are being transformed into beautiful, water-wise landscapes. EBMUD applauds these efforts, with one note of caution: let the lawn go, not the trees. Download our tree care during drought tip sheet, and find more information at saveourwater.com/trees.

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Caring for Trees in Drought PDF <1 MB

A “Perennial” Favorite - EBMUD’s Plant Book 

Let EBMUD's beautiful, award-winning plant book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, inpsire you to do great things with your garden. This book has now become a classic within the western gardening community. Purchase it for yourself or the gardener in your life; EBMUD customers get a $5 discount.

NEW! View and Search

View all of the plants from EBMUD’s plant book with this easy-to-use, searchable site hosted and managed by the book's photographer, Saxon Holt. Browse by plant type (i.e. shrub, tree, perennial) or search by plant name, genus, or by generic garden terms, such as "flower" or "path."

Low Water-Use Plant List. A short-list of plants, most of them California natives, to get you started on creating your water-efficient garden.

Garden Gallery

Get inspired with photos from these WaterSmart gardens from around the East Bay.

California Plant Database

Do a search and create your own list of low water-use plants with this user-friendly tool for finding plants well-suited to the Bay Area's summer-dry climate.

Gardening Events

EBMUD workshops, classes by cooperating community organizations, and other events will keep you up to date on the latest tips, techniques, and resources for sustainable, water-efficient gardening.


Irrigation Surveys

Water use evaluation, inspection and tests of irrigation, training in water efficient irrigation, and creation of your own personal water budget - they're all part of our on-site survey program.

Landscape Water Budgets

Water budgets compare your actual water consumption to water budget goals, help you become aware of leaks quickly, improve your outdoor water management, lower your water bill, and help you maintain a healthy landscape.

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Irrigation Makeover  

Do your sprinklers need an upgrade? Consider converting to in-line drip irrigation — a more durable, water-efficient and low-maintenance option. Hundreds of customers are installing drip irrigation and cashing in on EBMUD rebates of up to $2,500

Control your controller  

Learn how to adjust your irrigation controller to comply with EBMUD's outdoor watering restrictions.  



Tips and Resources for Homeowners Associations

Rebates, services, tips, and more.

Top Tips for Saving Water Outdoors 

WaterSmart Center

Your resource for services and incentives for home and business, publications, workshops and events,and more.

Contact us

E-mail: waterconservation@ebmud.com
Phone: 1-866-403-2683