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. Our goal is to work as a community 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. We will also keep you updated about current lake levels and drought response status.
Before becoming a member of the Society of Intentionally Dry Lawns, please read the terms and conditions.
Become a Member
To become a member of the Society and show your commitment to drastically reducing your outdoor water use or eliminating it altogether, click the button below. 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 doesn't need much rain/water per week to thrive, however a great deal of water is often wasted on over-watering lawns. One inch of rain/water may be ideal in the growing season for newer plants and lawns, but many plants, especially established plants, can survive on as little as one inch every two to three weeks. 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!
Use Native Plants!
It is best practice to use native plants in your landscaping whenever possible! Native plants are generally more suited to our 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 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.