Tearing Out the Turf: 1 Million Square Feet Targeted for Removal
San Diego County residents have targeted more than 1 million square feet of turf grass for replacement with WaterSmart landscaping through free landscape makeover classes sponsored by the Water Authority.
In the past five years, 947 homeowners have completed the WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series, which includes identifying turf areas for replacement with low-water use landscaping. Participants work one-on-one with local landscape architects to complete design and irrigation plans.
"We have documented about a 33 percent water savings in those plans," said Joni German, water resources specialist. "The total water savings realized from removing 1 million square feet or turf is equal to 36.5 million gallons per year, or 112 acre-feet annually."