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Water Wise Gardening

Outdoor watering on the Sunshine Coast causes local water demands to double during the dry summer months. By reducing your landscape’s water demands through the planting of “Xeriscape” (using water wise plants), we as a community can reduce stress to our local environments.

To assist Sunshine Coast residents and businesses, the SCRD created a Water Wise Plant Guide that gives information and ideas on modifying your landscapes to become water efficient.

The Okanagan Xeriscape Association’s (OXA) Plant Database lets you choose plants through a wide variety of options, such as light/water preferences, deer resistance and bloom colours to name just a few.

Irrigation Systems

Irrigation systems can be excellent tools for properly managing landscaping needs, but only if they are programmed correctly and maintained regularly. You are responsible for the operations of your irrigation system so a general knowledge of manual shutoffs and timer programming is highly recommended.

Rain Sensors

A rain sensor must be installed as part of any irrigation system regardless of whether it is
a new installation or existing system. This will notify the system of when it's raining, so treated water will not be wasted when watering is not needed.

Many hardware stores and landscaping businesses on the Sunshine Coast stock this item or can order it in upon request.

Micro/Drip Irrigation

Micro and drip irrigation systems are irrigation systems that deliver water straight to the root zone of the plant, which minimizes water evaporation.

The SCRD defines micro and drip irrigation systems as those which consume less than 76 litres of water per hour, and operate at 25 psi or less. A pressure regulator is needed to reduce the water pressure to 25 psi.

Rain water harvesting rebates

The SCRD currently offers rebates of up to $1000 for SCRD water customers looking to install a rainwater harvesting system.