Water Conservation

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South Pasadena is in Drought Stage 1 : Moderate Water Supply Shortage

Know Your Watering Days and Times
Sprinklers should be set to three days a week after 5 p.m. and before 9 a.m.

 Addresses ending in an even number

 Monday, Wednesday & Friday  

 Addresses ending in an odd number

 Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Report Water Waste Here (waterconservation@southpasadenaca.gov)- In your email provide the address, day and time of the water waste. Photos are also very helpful.

 Water Conservation Rebates



 Where to Apply

 Premium High Efficiency Toilet (1.1 gallons per flush) $150  socalwatersmart.com
 High Efficiency Washer - Residential $250  socalwatersmart.com
 Turf Replacement Program (formerly known as the Landscape Transformation Program)

$3/sq ft (up to 1,500 sq ft)

$2/sq ft (up to 5,000 sq ft)

 Drought Tolerant Plants (submit list of plants for pre-approval before purchasing) $600 Rebate Form, email pre-approval list and form to h2orebates@southpasadenaca.gov 
 Weather Based Irrigation Controller (less than 1 acre) $180/unit
 Weather Based Irrigation Controller (more than 1 acre) $50/station  socalwatersmart.com
 Soil Moisture Sensor (less than 1 acre) $150/unit  socalwatersmart.com
 Soil Moisture Sensor (more than 1 acre) $50/station  socalwatersmart.com
 Rotating Sprinkler Nozzle (10 minimum, 29 maximum) $2 each

Rebate Form, email to h2orebates@southpasadenaca.gov

 Rotating Sprinkler Nozzle (30 minimum) $2 each  socalwatersmart.com
 Drip Irrigation Conversion $150  Rebate Form, email to h2orebates@southpasadenaca.gov 
 Rain Barrel (at least 50 gallon capacity) $35, limit 2
 Cistern ( 200 gallon capacity) $250
 Cistern (501-999 gallons) $300 socalwatersmart.com  
 Cistern (1000+ gallons)  $350 socalwatersmart.com  


Water Conservation ~ It's a Way of Life

Due to Southern California’s drought, the City is offering more programs and assistance to residents and businesses to help them conserve water.                                   Water Tip Cartoon - Learn from your child

Did you know that a typical home uses about two-thirds of their water outdoors? Learn how to use less water by removing your turf and planting a water wise landscape.

Water Conservation Tips 

There are a variety of things we can all do to use water more efficiently.  See the list below and/or print our Water Conservation Tips Flyer to post and share.                                                                                                             

Watering Trees

South Pasadena’s trees are suffering from the drought! To help keep your trees alive and healthy, please water them (think about the cost to replace them). Below are some guidelines to help you determine when, where and how much to water. (download handy flyer)

• Water every one to four weeks around the drip-line of the tree (the outer canopy of the leaves).
• Water slowly for hours with a traditional hose or coil a soaker hose around the tree allowing water to seep out through its tiny pores.
• Make sure the water gets into the soil at least two feet. Tree watering stakes are helpful (available at local hardware stores).
• Create a moat at the root zone to hold the water and reduce runoff (move mote area out as tree grows).
• One to two deep waterings are much better than many shallow waterings.
• Place 3” to 4” of mulch around the tree (keep it away from the tree trunk). The tree’s leaves are great mulch!
• Remove grass from around the tree so there is no competition for water.

• For more tips, download this handy Tree Watering flyer.

Other Water Resources

Report Water Waste - Provide the address, day and time of the water waste.  Photos are very helpful, but not necessary. 

The City’s Water Conservation Ordinance (Chapter 35 of the Municipal Code) mandates year-round water use efficiency best practices. Residents and businesses are required to practice measures which include not watering your landscape between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Even better is to set your irrigation timer to water between the 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.).Water Calculator

For information on programming your irrigation controller, visit our water wise landscaping page.

Are you overwatering?  Find out how much water your landscape really needs by using  the calculator on BeWaterWise.com to find out.

Wonder how much water that drip is wasting?  Visit the U.S. Geological Survey's website and then go and fix it.  This website has interesting information and educational tests.
How much water do you use? How do you compare with others? Visit the Water Footprint Calculator at Grace Communication Foundation to find out.


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