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SD County Water Authority offers free online WaterSmart Landscape Design workshops

These workshops come as California enters a fourth straight year of drought. 
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Outdoor watering accounts for more than half of a typical household’s water use in California, according to the San Diego County Water Authority.

The San Diego County Water Authority opened registration to free WaterSmart Landscape Design online works to help residents conserve water and create beautiful landscapes simultaneously. 

The new, three-hour workshops, are scheduled through December and are funded in part by the San Diego Watershed Protection Program. These workshops come as California enters a fourth straight year of drought. 

The classes are taught by local landscape professionals with a “do it yourself” approach, according to the SDCWA. 

“The workshops give people the skills and knowledge to create an outdoor space that is sustainable and water-efficient,” Joni German, a water resources specialist for the San Diego County Water Authority said in a news release. “Residents can also take advantage of other free WaterSmart resources, including rebates for replacing grass and other outdoor and indoor incentives."

Outdoor watering accounts for more than half of a typical household’s water use in California, according to the San Diego County Water Authority. Homeowners and businesses in San Diego County can receive between $2 and $4 per square foot to remove turf and replace it with low water-use plants suited to the hot and dry conditions that are common in the region.

All customers are eligible for the base rebate of $2 per square foot; some agencies offer additional funding, including the City of San Diego and the County of San Diego. Rebates, classes, and incentives available to all residents and businesses in San Diego County

​Registration is required for the online workshops. Weekday workshops are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday workshops are from 9 a.m. to noon. Click here to register. 

For more information about water conservation, visit the San Diego County Water Authority