Books & Articles


Creating a Water Friendly Garden Article

Recommended Books (Available in Gift Shop)

“California Getting Started Garden Guide” by Bruce and Sharon Asakawa
“California Native Plants for the Garden” by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien
“California Wildfire Landscaping” by Maureen Gilmer
“The New Sunset Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide”
“Square Foot Gardening with Kids” by Mel Bartholomew
“Tomatomania” by Scott Daigre and Jean Garbee

Water Agency Online Resources

San Diego County Water Authority
SDCWA partners with member agencies and stakeholders to meet the region’s water supply needs. This website is a comprehensive resource for homeowners, businesses, HOAs, the public sector and teachers and students to learn about making smart choices to reduce water use.

San Diego County Water Authority
The SDCWA maintains a website for updates on drought news and ways to save water for San Diegans.

State of California
Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California declared a State of Emergency due to the drought in January 2015. This website provides the latest news from the State related to the drought.

Save Our Water
Save Our Water is a program created by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources to help Californians reduce everyday water use. It offers news, tips, rebate options and other resources for the general public.

Water-Use it Wisely
This nonprofit looks to help individuals save water by providing helpful tips and resources. This website offers a few great resources, such as water conservation games for kids and more than 100 conservation ideas.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a regional water provider for Southern California. This website provides a comprehensive water conservation guide for individuals, including tips, news, rebate information and local water agency links.

City of San Diego Water Conservation Program
Waste No Water is an initiative created by the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Branch. The website provides rebate information, water restriction information and water conservation related contests for various age levels.

Water Agency Contact Information

City of San Diego Water Department
600 B Street, Suite 1210
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 533-5300

Helix Water District
7811 University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 466-0585

Otay Water District
2554 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.
Spring Valley, CA 91978-2096
(619) 670-2777

San Diego County Water Authority
4677 Overland Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 522-6600

Sweetwater Authority
505 Garrett Ave.
P.O. Box 2328
Chula Vista, CA 91912
(619) 420-1413