Landscaping will affect the water consumption of a proposed development. Generally, the greater the garden and lawn area in a proposed development, the more water that is required to maintain the garden in a healthy state. In drier and hotter regions in particular large areas of garden and lawn can have a significant impact on a development's overall water consumption.

Reduce potable water use by:

  • planting areas of low-water-use and indigenous plant species, rather than typical lawn or plant species not suited to that location
  • providing alternative water sources for irrigation

photo of low-water-use indigenous plantsResidential garden featuring low-water-use indigenous plants