Join the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns
The Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns (SIDL) is a community engagement program aimed at drastically reducing outdoor water use, or eliminating it altogether. 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 water conservation.
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.
Join The Society
To become a member of the Society, please click the button below to show your commitment to drastically reducing your outdoor water use or eliminating it altogether. A free yard sign will be delivered to your home or business to proudly display in your naturally or infrequently-watered lawn.
We recognize that lawns may not actually be ‘dry’ depending on recent rainfall. Even if your naturally-watered, un-irrigated or infrequently-watered 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.
Why The Society is Important
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 water their lawns only when absolutely necessary and to never water their lawns while it has been raining! And it is best practice to use native plants in your landscaping whenever possible. Native plants are generally more suited for your climate and should be able to survive with minimal watering.
How The Society Began
From February to September of 2017, nine metro Atlanta counties were in a Level 2 Drought Response which called for outdoor water use restrictions under the state Drought Rule, including an odd-even watering schedule and limits to pressure washing and car washing. The Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns (SIDL) launched in July of 2017 as a way for residents to make a commitment to increasing their water savings above and beyond what is outlined in the Drought Rule.
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.
Thank you to our program sponsors: