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Create an Oasis with Rainwater and Greywater

  • North Park San Diego, CA (map)

Start the New Year right!   This full day workshop is a unique opportunity for homeowners and skilled professionals including landscapers, plumbers, contractors and builders to learn how to create simple, affordable, effective water conservation strategies.   January is the perfect time for bare root fruit tree planting! We will be installing a greywater system to food forest in a front yard in North Park! This front yard will provide an abundance of food for people, pollinators, and birds without any imported water!

DId you know that 65-75% of our residential water use is in our landscapes.  By rerouting rainwater from storm drains and greywater from our wastewater treatment facilities to our landscapes we can drastically reduce water consumption throughout San Diego!  

Greywater use can be very simple and cost-effective when passive strategies are used.  But what are the permitting requirements and best practices around these strategies?  We will not only tell you, we will show you in this effective hands-on workshop!

 A simple laundry to landscape system can water a small orchard.

 A simple laundry to landscape system can water a small orchard.

In this workshop, participants will learn everything they need to start installing gravity fed, no pump greywater harvesting systems, including plumbing and landscape aspects.




Topics to be covered include:

  • Designing and installing water harvesting earthworks.

  • Food forest principles

  • Fruit tree planting, selection, and care
  • Gravity fed shower and kitchen greywater system
  • Permitting requirements and variations throughout San Diego

  • No permit required Laundry-to-Landscape system (already installed onsite)

  • How to improve onsite water retention using soil, earthworks, basins, and plants to accentuate your active water harvesting strategies. 

  • Rainwater harvesting theory and exposure (onsite tanks totalling 1000 gallons previously installed)

Cost: $50. 

Location: North Park, CA

Please register here, at the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute

Brook Sarson of H2OME and Eric Saline representing CommuniTree Gardens will be coteaching this 2 day workshop