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Water Neutrality Ordinance

On July 1, 2017, the Water Neutrality Ordinance went into effect capping water use for new developments to an average of the past five year historical use for that individual parcel - the ordinance is one strategy to achieve the City's goal for water self-sufficiency by 2020.

By maximizing water-efficiency, local groundwater and alternate water supplies, the city will no longer need to import water to meet all of its needs.

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Santa Monica Turf Removal and Landscape Rebates Still 100% Funded

Santa Monica will continue to fully fund its landscape and water saving rebates. Santa Monica Water Customers are not affected by the Metropolitan Water District's decision to end their hugely popular cash for grass rebates after funding was exhausted. Santa Monica is committed to helping everyone save water during this statewide drought. Find out more at, 310.458.8972 or email

Santa Monica offers two valuable services to help residents and businesses save water.


Water Use Consultation

A free service, one of Santa Monica’s water conservation experts will visit your home or business and provide you with specific ways you can reduce your water use and point you to incentives that can help.  Sign-up form

Landscape Coaching Session

Santa Monica has partnered with professional landscape designers who will meet with at your home and provide expert advice on ways you can most effectively implement sustainable landscaping in your yard.  This service is $50.00 for a two hour consultation.  Sign-up form


Santa Monica must reduce its water use by 20% as part of the statewide water restrictions imposed earlier this year. Staying under your Water Use Allowance is the best way you can help Santa Monica meet this goal.

Those residents who use less than 22 HCF in single-family homes and 11 HCF per unit in multi-family buildings (per billing cycle) are already meeting the water conservation threshold.  

Your efforts to conserve water are key to Santa Monica’s success in beating this drought.  




In response to the drought, Santa Monica has enhanced its water conservation rebates.


Report Water Waste

See a broken sprinkler, water running down the gutter, or any water waste in Santa Monica? Be a water hero!
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Latest Drought Info

Drought response news, frequently asked questions, and City of Santa Monica water policy and plans.
Latest Drought Info

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