What is the Landscape Budgets Program?

The California Landscape Budgets Program is a FREE water management tool for homeowner associations, landscapers and property managers.  Participants in the program use the Internet to track their irrigation meter’s monthly water use and compare it to a custom water budget.  This enables property managers and landscapers to easily identify areas that are over watered, and enhances their accountability to homeowner association boards and property owners. Participants of this program receive a monthly Irrigation Performance Report directed to the Property Owner, Property Manager and Landscaper to:

  • Easily track irrigation water use
  • Help reduce water bills
  • Improve the health, appearance and value of landscapes
  • Protect the environment by decreasing urban runoff
  • Maintain compliance with NPDES requirements

A recent study shows that irrigation meters participating in this program save an average of 765 gallons of water per day compared to those meters that are not part of this program.

The California Landscape Budgets Program is funded by the U.S. Bureau of reclamation trough the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC), and your local water retailer. The original site idea and reporting criteria was conceived by the Municipal Water of Orange County (MWDOC), further developments and site features have been developed with the input from the current MWDOC staff and the staff from the County of Santa Barbara, The City of Santa Barbara and Goleta Water District.