Nearly 93 percent of the water we use in Oceanside is imported by the Metropolitan Water District from Northern California and the Colorado River.
Water leaving our homes generally is sent to a sewage treatment plant through a sewer system or it goes into a septic tank where it evaporates or seeps back into the ground. About 26 percent of the water coming from our homes is used for irrigation purposes. The other 74 percent is discharged to sewage-treatment plants where it is treated.
Your water meter is generally located near the curb in front of your home or place of business, in a direct line with the main outside faucet. It is housed in a concrete box usually marked "water". Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver.
There are two basic types of water meters – the straight reading meter which resembles the odometer in a car, and the round reading meter which has several separate dials. With both meters, the last two figures are discounted. Therefore, if your meter read is 52610 then it is actually a read of 526. Your bill is figured by subtracting the old number (your last month's read) from the new number (your current read). The difference is the units of consumption for this billing. Each unit is 748 gallons or 100 cubic feet (HCF).
More water goes down the drain in an ordinary day’s routine than most of us realize. (For instance, 40 percent of the pure water used in the average house is flushed down the toilet.) Consequently, most households can save gallons of water everyday by combining a few minor plumbing installations with simple lifestyle changes. Of course, every household is different. The following list is only an indicator, providing an approximation of your home’s water use and how it can be reduced.
Currently the City of Oceanside does not offer any discount programs.