WaterSmart gardener

bay friendly.jpg On average, Californians use 30-60% of their water outdoors. Welcome to WaterSmart gardener, your go-to resource center outdoor tips to reduce water use.

Professional landscapers and customers with large landscapes should also visit our dedicated pages for Commercial Irrigation

Reimagine Your Landscape

Browse through examples beautiful, lush and water-efficient gardens in your neighborhood and across California.

Garden Gallery

Here are some WaterSmart examples from homes around the Bay Area to get your gardening juices flowing!

"Before and After" Lawn Photos

Take a look at dozens of landscape transformations submitted during our first ever I ♥ My Garden Photo Challenge.

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Tour beautiful, water-conserving native gardens throughout the East Bay every year on the first weekend of May.

Reimagining California

All over California, people are re-imagining their landscapes. Find pictures and personal stories and videos about their experience.

Sustainable landscape map

Need to see it in person? Find beautiful low-water use gardens around our community.

WaterSense Landscape Photo Gallery

Browse before and after photos from all over the West, and add a photo of your own to inspire others!


Create a water wise garden

Water Conservation provides tools and resources to help you create a water-efficient landscape at your home.

Apply for a Rebate

Get up to $2,000 to replace your thirsty-lawn, upgrade to efficient irrigation equipment, or reuse laundry water in the landscape.

What to Plant

Invest in a healthy, resilient garden by selecting water wise plants and shade trees that use little or no water once established.

Lawn to Garden Design Center

Not sure where to start? The design center provides an overview of the process, including DIY sheet-mulching, planting, and watering.

Compost and Mulch

Add a 3-inch layer of mulch to save water, beautify your garden, and build up your soil. Get a discount with our mulch coupons

How to Videos

Get an irrigation makeover, learn to adjust your controller, and more.

Find a Professional

Find a Bay-Friendly certified landscape professional and resources for creating healthy, renewable landscapes.

Watershed Approach to Landscape Design

Watershed wise landscapes are designed to hold on to rainwater and reduce the demand for supplemental irrigation.

Fire-safe Landscaping

Take care in your garden and landscape to reduce fuels, and when you start planting for your drought-tolerant garden, pick fire-resistant plants.

Garden Grants

Grants are available for community organizations who create public gardens or urban farm projects that demonstrate water conserving principles.


WaterSense Outdoors

WaterSense labeled products help you select for water-efficient products and a resource for helping you save water.

Tree Care Tips

Save water and our trees. Keep your trees healthy and happy with this tree watering advice and for more tree resources.

Free Advice - Ask an Expert 

Master Gardeners offer monthly garden tips, a plant helpline, community events in Contra Costa and Alameda County.

Outdoor Tips

Find outdoor water conservation tips here, whether you want a quick fix or are committed to long-term conservation.

Rescape California

ReScape California has resources for home gardeners and professionals, and a directory of landscape professionals.

Maintain Your Garden

Follow these best practices to maintain a healthy, drought-tolerant and low-maintenance landscape. Videos, seasonal tips for all levels.

Save Our Water - Around the Yard

Rebates, videos, tools - even a kids corner! - and testimonials on making water conservation a California lifestyle.

Guide to Healthy Lawns

Make small adjustments to keep your lawn healthy using little or no pesticide. From University of California Agriculture Extension.

WaterSmart Center

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

Contact Us

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