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Water-Saving Resources

Find resources and quick links from the City of Sacramento and other organizations to help residents and business save water.

Water Wise and River-Friendly Landscape Program Brochures

Smart Irrigation Controllers

A “smart” or weather-based irrigation controller uses local weather data to tailor watering schedules to conditions on the site. Conventional controllers irrigate use a controller with a clock and a preset schedule. EPA WaterSense labeled controllers allow watering schedules to match plants' water needs.


Visit Beyond the Drought to find a series of short videos and tools to help your landscape thrive while you save water. Learn how to switch sprinkler nozzles to rotary nozzles, convert your sprinklers to drip irrigation, help your trees thrive, and more.

Be Water Smart

Be Water Smart is a program that focuses on public outreach and education sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and water agencies in California. These agencies in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties, plus the City of West Sacramento are working together to help their customers use water efficiently. 

Finding a Contractor familiar with Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

Visit the California Landscape Contractors Association to find landscape contractors knowledgeable in drought-tolerant landscape design and irrigation.

Sacramento Tree Foundation

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a community benefit organization that works to improve communities through stewardship of the urban forest.

Department of Utilities drought-tolerant garden

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The demonstration garden at the City's Department of Utilities headquarters (1395 35th Ave.) is open to the public and provides examples of drought-tolerant landscaping, water efficient irrigation systems, green infrastructure, and low-impact development.