Water Shortage Advisory in Effect


Use 20% Less Water to Reach Our Goal

Did you know that the average Santa Monican used 134 gallons of water each day in 2013?

Did you know that half our water comes from Northern California and the Colorado River?

To meet the City's self-sufficiency goal to stop importing water by 2020, each person needs to reduce their water use to 123 gallons a day - a savings of 4,000 gallons, per person, per year. It's up to us to achieve this goal. We can do this together!

Water Saving Tips for Apartment Residents pdf

Water Saving Tips for Homeowners pdf

6 Tips to save 20%

  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth - save 3,000 gallons / year
  • Shorten shower by 2 minutes - save 3,000 gallons / year
  • Install a WaterSense toilet - save 5,000 gallons / year
  • Fix Leaks - save 12,000 gallons / year
  • Reduce Irrigation run times by 1 - 3 minutes each cycle - save 15,000 gallons / year
  • Replace lawn with climate-appropriate plants - save 15,000 gallons / year



California Friendly® Landscape Training

Santa Monicans are becoming some of the most California Friendly® residents. In just nine months, more than 130 residents made their gardens sustainable and waterwise, saving more than 850,000 gallons of water, and cutting the costs of time and money that come from high-maintenance gardens.

Join other residents for a fun and free 3-hour training led by local landscaping experts. 

LOCATION: Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street #106, Santa Monica 90401.

DATES & TIME: Saturday, April 19, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

 **Please Note: The Training scheduled for March 8th has been cancelled

REGISTER: email savewater@smgov.net or call (310) 458-8459. Only 25 spaces are available per training.

 water patrol  

Report Water Waste:

Include address, violation, date and time.
email: code.compliance@smgov.net 
phone: 310-458-4984

New Rebates - Up to $5,000

Less red tape, online application. Get paid to save water and the environment. Visit our Rebates Page, or call 310.458.8459
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