Ride along to visit your neighbors who are using local water to grow sustainability from the ground up

October 26th, 2019


Join the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute, CatchingH2O, and San Diego Coastkeeper for a behind the scenes tour of how your neighbors are reducing their need for imported water and growing thriving gardens that contribute to the human and native ecology of the San Diego River Watershed.
Together, we will take a peek into the backyards of folks who are embracing an ethic of place and leading the way in grassroots sustainability.
With 80% of our water being imported from hundreds of miles away, many San Diegans are taking it upon themselves to create local water by reusing their onsite water resources.  By capturing rainwater in tanks and in their gardens, they are reducing stormwater pollution while also enhancing their own water supply for the their gardens.  By reusing their greywater from their showers, sinks, and laundry machines, they are reducing the wear and tear on our municipal wastewater systems and growing fruit trees and other plants to enhance our community’s food systems, providing shade and cooling, and create beauty.

Rainwater Tanks

Learn about harvesting rain that falls on a roof to store for a later date. We will discuss sizing, placement, filters, permits, and rebates.

Landscaping with Rain

When we begin to look at creative ways to harvest rain that lands on walkways, patios, and other impermeable areas and redirect them to into intentional areas of the yard, we can eliminate the need for excess irrigation


Learn how to reuse water from washing machines, showers, and sinks to irrigate fruit trees and other higher water use plants. Irrigation can really be a simple as washing your clothes or taking a shower!

Tour Logistics

This is an all ages tour showcasing 5-7 local homes that have implemented rainwater, greywater, or innovative water efficient landscapes in the Mid-City San Diego neighborhood.

The tour can be done by bike, scooter, and carpool (Highly encourage biking as some sites have very limited parking). Locations have been designed to be bike friendly for the casual rider. 

We will provide coffee, water, and light snacks throughout the ride.

During the tour we will be raffling off goods and services so be sure to order some extra raffle tickets. One raffle ticket included with each registration.


Each registration includes 1 raffle ticket for some amazing items. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased during the registration process below. Raffle items generously donated by supportive businesses. Please check them out in the links below.

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