To help the city of Upland, California, reach the statewide requirement to reduce water use by 20 percent by 2020, the Upland Public Works has landscaped its yard with California native and drought-tolerant plants and is actively promoting water conservation.

The city hopes the drought-friendly landscapes will not only save the city money but will act as a living classroom to homeowners looking to cut down on water bills.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, Generation Water, was the primary contractor on the project. Its CEO, Marcus Castain, believes water conservation is an growing area of interest. “People want to reduce the amount of water they use, reduce the amount of labor, materials and time they have to spend taking care of their site.”

The landscape was created with the help of volunteers.