Water Conservation & Reuse

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The Conservation Section collaborates with Chula Vista’s two local water providers, Otay Water District and Sweetwater Authority, to conserve water throughout the community.

Water Conservation Programs

OUTREACH & EDUCATION
 

The City provides water-saving information and giveaways at:

  • Farmers Markets at Otay Ranch Town Center & Third Avenue Village (alternates weekly)
  • Energy Roadshow Trailer 
  • Community Events

For a limited time, the City is also helping to distribute SDG&E Indoor Energy-Water Savings Kits that include a low-flow shower head and faucet aerators at no cost!  Find out more at (619) 409-3893 or Conservation@chulavistaca.gov.

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 NATURESCAPE WORKSHOPS & CERTIFICATIONS
 

The NatureScape program helps residents implement sustainable landscaping practices through FREE community workshops and technical assistance.  Program participants can have their yard certified as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" through the National Wildlife Federation.  

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 WATER UPGRADE REBATES & FINANCING
There are a variety of incentive & financing programs to help community members implement water-saving improvements at little or no upfront cost.

Property-owners can finance energy and water improvements for up to 25 years and repay through their property taxes, by participating in one of the available PACE programs:

 Incentive Money

Landscape DiagramLandscape Water Conservation Ordinance

This City ordinance requires that any new or rehabilitated landscapes are designed using a water budget to help encourage outdoor water conservation.  As a part of the permitting process, some projects will be required to complete either a Landscape Documentation Package or a WaterSmart Checklist.  In general, the Landscape Documentation Package will be prepared for larger projects that involve installing or changing an existing landscape, while the WaterSmart Checklist is designed for smaller projects.

The size of the “landscape area” will determine which of these documents will be required.  The landscape area is measured in square feet, and it is an area with outdoor plants, turf and other vegetation that uses water, including any water features either in an area with vegetation or that stand alone.  A landscape area does not include the footprint of buildings, structures, decks, patios, sidewalks, driveways, gravel or stone walkways void of plant materials, paved portions of parking lots or other hard landscape.

Does my project require me to complete an Outdoor WaterSmart Checklist or Landscape Documentation Package?

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  • For questions about the Landscape Water Conservation Ordinance, contact Mary Radley at (619) 407-3542.
  • For questions about water conservation, contact a City Conservation Associate at (619) 409-3893.

Need help? Contact the City's Conservation Section at 619-409-3893

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