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How can we help you reduce overwatering?

The title is not intended as rhetorical. Stopping overwatering is a great mixture of really simple (use an automatic shut off nozzle!) and really big (remove your turf grass) actions that, when done community wide, have a tremendous impact. Fortunately, there are a lot of medium actions in between like using a watering index or installing a rain barrel.

But even if it seems like there is something for everybody, maybe we haven’t hit that right tip for you. We’re eager to learn how we can better help all of the residents of Orange County stop overwatering and start finding sustainable solutions to beautify your outdoors while protecting the environment.

Share your thought in the comments below and we’ll pull together our team of experts to see how we can help you tackle your watering woes to make sure overwatering is out.

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  1. Jan Shomaker Says:

    April 30th, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Encourage people to build courtyards in the front of their home . My husband and I call this the new front porch. It helps in engaging neighbors as they walk down the street if you happen to be in front. It also gives you a front and back patio to “follow the sun” or enjoy the shade. The rest of the yard can be drought tolerant. Also, depending on the choice of bushes ( privets, cape honeysuckle,etc) brings the honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We also hang bird feeders in other areas of our backyard… We are mesmerized by the habits of wildlife

  2. James King Says:

    April 30th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Publish a list of good vendors that do turf removal (hopefully-La Habra businesses).
    Provide a listing of any State, County and/or City financial incentives to convert to a more drought friendly environment.
    Provide a list of drought resistant plants.
    Penalize those businesses and residents who have not reduced their water consumption by 25%.
    Reduce the city’s water consumption by 25%. Set the example for everybody.
    Provide funding/rebates for drought friendly improvements/transitions. It would also help keeping La Habra beautiful.

  3. Overwatering Is Out Says:

    April 30th, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    That sounds wonderful! Could we see a photo? If so, please send it to me at We’d love to include it in a photo contest we’ll be having later this year…

    Thanks for the comment,
    – Gnorman

  4. Overwatering Is Out Says:

    April 30th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Great ideas. We’re doing 4 of the 6 items on your list. For incentives and rebates, check out the Rebates section of the site. For a list of drought resistant plants, pop over to the OC Garden Friendly page. As for getting neighbors to set good examples, we’re hoping the #GnormanApproved yard signs ( are letting people do just that.

    As for penalizing folks, unfortunately that isn’t within our power directly, but we’ll pass the message along. And for good vendors that do turf removal, later in the year we’re planning a contest where different vendors can showcase their work.

    Great suggestions!!! Thanks for putting thought to this, and definitely stay in touch. Thanks for being part of the movement.

    – Gnorman

  5. Lisa Says:

    May 15th, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Perhaps the City of Tustin should follow it’s own rules. Yesterday, May 14, while it was *raining*, the city was watering grass medians in the afternoon, *before 6 p.m.* on Irvine Blvd. and Prospect.

  6. Overwatering Is Out Says:

    May 22nd, 2015 at 10:35 am

    @Lisa, from Tustin’s Dept of Public Works’ Environmental Compliance Specialist:

    I checked with our field services. They were notified about this issue and went out the next day (15th). Our guy found that the clock was in the off position. He couldn’t find a reason for the malfunction so he turned it off at the backflow to ensure that there was not a reoccurrence.
    Please let the resident know they can always contact the City as well if they see overwatering at 714.573.3350