The Otay Water District deactivated Level 1 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan in response to Governor Newsom’s executive order N-5-23, terminating the voluntary water conservation target called for in 2021. The District encourages its customers to continue making water-use efficiency a way of life. Prohibition on wasteful water use remains in effect.

Contact Conservation:

Tenille Otero, Communications Officer

Eileen Salmeron, Communications Assistant

The Otay Water District is firmly committed to supporting water sustainability educational programs. The District provides field trips to the Water Conservation Garden, school assemblies, Splash Labs and water awareness poster contests for students.

Looking for ideas on how to make your landscape more water-efficient? Visit the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon for a free docent-guided tour of their garden exhibits — native habitat, compost, veggie, and succulent — for ideas and inspiration. The Garden also offers landscape design consultations with a licensed professional and various landscaping-related classes.

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The Otay Water District offers a variety of water and money saving rebates and programs to help customers maximize water-use efficiency indoor and outdoor their homes and businesses.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program is a free educational program designed to give you the skills and knowledge to turn your water-thirsty lawn into a beautiful and sustainable landscape that saves water and will thrive in our region. Choose from our three-hour workshops, videos on demand and the new Designer At Your Door program. Register for WaterSmart Landscape classes.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California offers free virtual classes in landscape design and irrigation principles to help you plant and maintain a beautiful water efficient garden. Register for MWD landscape classes.

View each of these four sample landscape plans for ideas and inspiration for your landscaping project.

Nan Sterman is an award-winning author, designer, educator, and leading California garden expert. The Otay Water District’s Pipeline, a quarterly newsletter, features a garden column by Nan. Read her stories for a guide to sustainable and low-maintenance gardening.