Santa Clara County is in severe drought. The state’s largest reservoirs are well below average and snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada are at historic lows. For specific rules on water usage and irrigation limits, check your water service.
General Drought Tips
Even in years with plentiful winter rainfall, summers in Santa Clara County will always be dry. Planning your landscaping and gardens for summer dry conditions will put you ahead of the game for future droughts and water restrictions. Here are some useful tips and links for homeowners and gardeners who want to manage their garden and landscape in a responsible, waterwise manner.
Drought Gardening: Useful tips from UC for edible gardens, lawn, landscaping plants, and trees
Six ways to Reduce Water Usage: Helpful ways to conserve water without killing your garden
Tree Ring Irrigation Contraption: Saving trees in a drought
Help an Oak Tree Tolerate Severe Drought: Even native oaks may suffer in a severe drought
Landscape and Turf
Water Wise Plants: Favorite plants from our water wise demonstration garden. Learn about the best plants to use with the least amount of care and water in our climate. With photos and detailed information.
Drought and Landscape: Thoughts about lawn conversion, including impact on existing trees
Graywater: Appropriate usage of household graywater in the landscape. Also see the Water District link on laundry graywater.
Water District Information
The Santa Clara County Water district offers programs to help their customers conserve water. Here are some useful links:
Landscape Conversion Rebate Program: Rebates for converting high water use landscapes or pools. Note that properties must be inspected prior to conversion.
Laundry to Landscape Rebate Program: Rebates for installing laundry graywater system
Water Retailers: List of water retailers with links to specific municipal restrictions
Report Water Waste: Report water waste in Santa Clara County
Newsletter: Monthly email newsletter from the Water District