Join the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns
Nine metro Atlanta counties are currently in a Level 2 Drought Response, with outdoor watering restrictions in place. Lake Lanier, which serves as the water supply for about 70 percent of metro Atlanta, has not recovered from the drought that occurred from 2016 through April 2017. Even with all of the recent rains, the lake is still low.
The average lawn only needs one inch of rain/water per week to thrive, however a great deal of water is often wasted on over-watering lawns. It is imperative that metro area residents follow the drought response guidelines outlined in the state Drought Rule and adhere to watering restrictions for their county, and to never water their lawns while it has been raining!
For residents who want to make a commitment to increasing their water savings above and beyond what is outlined in the Drought Rule, we present the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns (SIDL). SIDL is a community engagement program aimed at drastically reducing outdoor water use. Our goal is to work as a community and in conjunction with My Drop Counts, our existing water conservation campaign, to help conserve water, prevent excessive outdoor watering or eliminate residential outdoor water use altogether, and educate friends and family about the current drought response.
As a member of the Society, you will receive a free sign to proudly display in your lawn. You will also be eligible to sign up for our SIDL rewards program, through which you can refer neighbors, friends and family and earn prizes.
It is imperative to water your lawns only when absolutely necessary and to conserve as much as possible, especially as we enter the hotter, and typically drier, summer months.
Join The Society
To become a member of the Society, please take the pledge. Show your commitment to going above and beyond what is required in the state Drought Rule and drastically reducing your outdoor watering or eliminating it altogether. A free yard sign will be delivered to your home or business to proudly display in your drought-friendly lawn.
We recognize that lawns may not actually be ‘dry’ depending on recent rainfall. Even if your naturally-watered or un-irrigated lawn is verdant and lush, you are welcome to join the Society, too.
To join the Society, you must reside in the 15 county Metro Water District region, including the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale.
Refer a Friend
Members are eligible (but are not required) to sign up for the SIDL referral program, through which points can be earned by recruiting friends, family and neighbors who also live in the 15-county region to join the Society. A successful recruitment means that the person(s) you refer take the pledge and join the Society.
Points can be redeemed for awesome prizes, including a one-of-a-kind, hand painted garden gnome sponsored in-part by All Fired Up Emory Village, two free City Passes that get you and a guest into local attractions, and kayaking and tubing trips down the Chattahoochee River. The grand prize is a free drought-tolerant landscape design, sponsored by Legacy Landscape Design to the first individual to successfully recruit 75 individuals. See prize structure and full terms and conditions.