What about changes to building codes such as requiring rain harvesting and gray water systems for new development?
The City recently adopted simplified guidelines for gray water systems and rain collection, but it is not currently a requirement for new development.
Do I need a permit for my rainwater collection system?
Per City of San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, the following must be met to be exempt from a permit for rainwater collection:
"A water tank or a group of water tanks intended for storage of irrigation water only supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 600 gallons in total on a parcel, the height does not exceed seven feet, the ratio of height to width does not exceed 2:1 (provided that water tanks with minor ratio deviances may be allowed under this section in the discretion of the Chief Building Official, subject to review of the deviation by the Chief Building Official and verification that such minor deviations do not adversely impact structural stability), and it is not visible from the public right-of-way that abuts the front yard".
Is the City offering turf removal rebates?
Currently, the City does not offer any incentives for homeowners to remove their lawn. Over the years the City adopted and administered many rebate programs such as the low flow toilet/faucet/shower head rebate program (1990-2007), the high efficiency washing machine rebate program (2000-2011), the high efficiency sprinkler rebate program (2007-2010), the weather based irrigation control rebate program (2007-2010), and the low-flow toilet replacement and water efficient washing machine rebate programs (2015-2017). Each of these programs were available city-wide and highly utilized by the community. As participation dwindled, these programs were eliminated and we have turned our focus to water audit and leak detection programs.
While we don’t have a turf removal program in place at this time, it doesn't mean we won’t in the future. We acknowledge that we are often affected by drought and have taken many measures to conserve water. For instance, most of the City’s large parks as well as many large private development lawns are irrigated with recycled water.
How can I report water waste in my community?
Water waste can be reported with a call to Utilities Administration at 781-7215
How much water is left in our reservoirs?
Water supply and reservoir levels can be found on our Water Sources page.