California is in a severe drought. The Mayor and City Council for the City of Palm Springs have put together a task force to lead the city in reaching a goal of 50% water use reduction in all city facilities including parks, recreation areas and offices by 2020.

Landscape Technical Guide Web

UPDATE March 9, 2016 – The Department of Water Resources Turf Rebates:

  • Residential Turf Replacement – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has a rebate program for removing turf and replacing it with landscapes that require little water at California single-family residences to support the State’s drought response. For more information on the program’s history, go to the DWR turf site at
  • Institutional Turf Replacement Program Update (New) – To learn more about the Program click and click the link on their tool bar located on the right side menu. For the on-line application for the Institutional Turf Replacement Program in the San Joaquin Valley, please click here. [DOC] [PDF]

UPDATE September 4, 2015: City of Palm Springs Department of Planning Services Turf Removal and Water Efficient Landscapes Guide Available Download the PDF HERE Landscape Technical Guide

UPDATE August 12, 2015: Press Release – City of Palm Springs Significantly Reduces Municipal Water Usage by 43 Percent (Click to Read – Water Conservation Success)

UPDATE July 15, 2015: Press Release – Desert Water Agency Customers Reduced Water Use by 40% in June 2015 (Click to Read – 7 15 2015 DWA Reduces Use by 40%)

UPDATE April 1, 2015: Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient. (READ MORE)

UPDATE March 17,2015: The State Water Resources Control Board passed new emergency measures on water use (Ordinance 1058) for up to 270 days. These will be implemented by local water agencies including DWA.

Do ONE of the following:

  1. Limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water by the persons it serves to no more than two days per week; or
  2. Implement another mandatory conservation measure or measures intended to achieve a 20 percent reduction in water consumption by the persons it serves relative to the amount consumed in 2013.

A combination of other state wide regulations and Desert Water Agency rules still in effect:

  • Washing hardscape prohibited at any time
  • Running water for car washing prohibited (bucket allowed, nozzle allowed for rinsing only)
  • Commercial nurseries may only water between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Parks, golf courses, and schools may only irrigate landscapes between sunset and sunrise
  • Lawn watering and construction meter use may only occur between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Restaurants may only provide water upon request
  • Watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff is prohibited
  • Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature is prohibited, unless the water is recirculated.  The regulation makes an exception for health and safety circumstances.

For homeowners and HOA’s, 67% of water is used outside the home on lawns and landscaping on a monthly basis. Big reductions in water use can result from xeriscaping your yard with the Lawn Buy Back incentives.

This site has tips and programs to help home owners, HOA’s, gardeners and businesses help save water. These tips and programs can help neighbors and businesses use water more effectively resulting in lower water use and lower water bills.

We have free tips as well as cost effective improvements, some of which have matching grants or other programs available from the City of Palm Springs Office of Sustainability.

Make the Difference And See The Savings!

Business Resources

Kid’s Zone from the EPA

Fix A Leak 

– Bathroom and Kitchen Tips

Landscaping and Plant Use

City Programs

This 30 second video shows the drought progress from January 2011 through August 2014 using the U.S. Drought Monitoring map of California