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.
From February to September of this year, 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.
As of September 7, 2017, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) eased outdoor watering restrictions for 55 counties in Georgia, including the 15 counties in the Metro Water District. However, conservation is critical, as Lake Lanier has not fully recovered from the 2016-2017 drought. Lake Lanier serves as the water supply for about 70 percent of metro Atlanta. You can monitor the lake level http://www.northgeorgiwater.org.
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!
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.
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: