Receive up to $3,750 - Now accepting applications!  

Introducing our new Smart Irrigation - Drip Program!  Receive up to an extra $750 for installing a new drip irrigation system!*

Fall 2016 Newsletter Drip Irrigation Announcement - Posted 11/16/2016

The Long Beach Water Department sincerely apologizes for the typographical error in our recent fall 90H2O newsletter announcing our new drip irrigation incentive program.

The announcement stated the drip irrigation incentive is available to currently enrolled L2G applicants. That statement was an error. The program terms and conditions do not allow the drip incentive to be applied retroactively to currently enrolled L2G applicants. Only first time, new L2G applicants are eligible for the drip program incentive.

We have corrected this typographical error on all of our communications moving forward. If you have any further questions, please contact Krista Reger, Lawn to Garden Program Coordinator, at 562-570-2312 or krista.reger@lbwater.org.

We thank you for your participation with the L2G program and creating a sustainable change in our city through your water-wise landscape. We’re glad to provide support and assistance with your garden transformation.

Welcome to our Lawn-to-Garden (L2G) website. We've created this site to help you, our valued customer, replace a water-guzzling grass lawn with a beautiful drought tolerant landscape.  Making this change now is extremely important as the City of Long Beach's imported water supplies have been permanently reduced.

*Available only to NEW L2G participants converting from a spray sprinkler system. A new website is under construction and coming soon! The current website and L2G application do not show the 1,500 square foot maximum or the Smart Irrigation program.  When you apply for L2G the higher square footage maximum will be applied and information on the SIP program will be mailed to you.

Your neighbors told us these are the most important benefits of these water-efficient landscapes:

Create a beautiful landscape that thrives in our semi-arid climate

Save water

We live in a semi-arid region and our imported water supplies have been permanently reduced; we must use our remaining supplies more efficiently.

Save on the water bill

About half the water used at the average Long Beach home is used for landscape irrigation; beautiful L2G landscapes can reduce water use per square foot by 70% or more.

Save energy

Water-related energy use in California consumes about 20% of the state’s electricity. 

For example, about half the potable water consumed in southern California is pumped
from hundreds of miles from the Sacramento region and the Colorado River.

Provide other important benefits

  • Improve the City’s water reliability
  • Reduce time and money needed to maintain grass lawns
  • Reduce the urban runoff into the Long Beach coastal marine habitat
  • Create habitat for wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies

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Energy Star Landscapes


About 20% of all the energy consumed in California is used for pumping, treating, transporting and heating water. 

L2G landscapes save a lot of energy by saving water. 

Maybe we should refer to these water-efficient yards as “Energy Star Landscapes!”

This website has one goal: to help you successfully create your own beautiful L2G landscape. Many of the offerings, tips and strategies you’ll find on this site come from the experience of over 1,900 homeowners that have successfully replaced grass lawns with beautiful L2G landscapes.