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Where does our household water come from?
Nearly 93 percent of the water we use in Oceanside is imported by the Metropolitan Water District from Northern California and the Colorado River.

Where does our water go after we are done with it?
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.

How do I read my meter?
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).

How can I cut back on my water consumption?

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.

  • Install an ultra low-flow toilet to decrease the gallons of water used per flush by 4.4 gallons.
  • Low-flow shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute as opposed to 6 to 8 gallons used with a regular shower head. Also, save water by taking a bath.
  • Brush your teeth with a glass of water rather than leaving the water running.
  • Use a garden hose with a restrictor to cut down usage by 5 gallons per minute.
  • Repair faucet drips right away. They can cause at least 2 gallons of usage per day.
  • Inspect the irrigation system and fix any components not operating at maximum efficiency.
  • Water only in early morning or evening to avoid evaporation loss.


Does the City of Oceanside offer senior- or low-income discounts?
Currently the City of Oceanside does not offer any discount programs.

What number do I call with billing or registration questions?
(760) 435-4500

How do I make a payment on a parking ticket?

Parking tickets can be paid online, by mail, by phone or in person

Pay online at:  www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/payments

Pay by Mail: Please make check or money order payable to the "City of Oceanside".  Do not mail cash. 
City of Oceanside
Parking Enforcement Center
PO Box 6010
Inglewood, CA 90312

Pay by Phone: 1-866-353-7154 (VISA and MasterCard accepted)

In Person:
City of Oceanside
Finance Dept. / Revenue Division
300-C North Ditmar St. / City Hall East
Oceanside, CA 92054

What do I do if the vehicle described on the ticket is not mine?

Turn your notice over, check the fourth box (vehicle incorrectly described), and send the citation along with a copy of your vehicle registration to: 

City of Oceanside
Parking Enforcement Center
PO Box 6010
Inglewood, CA 90312

What happens if my car was not working and I got a street sweeping ticket?

You may submit a copy of a tow bill, a repair bill, or a parts receipt along with a written statement of facts to:

City of Oceanside
Parking Enforcement Center
PO Box 6010
Inglewood, CA 90312

I paid for parking but I got a ticket anyway. What do I do?

You may bring in the citation and receipt for parking to:

City of Oceanside
Finance Dept. / Revenue Division
300-C North Ditmar. / City Hall East
Oceanside, CA 92054

What do I do if I forgot to put my handicapped placard up?

You may bring in a copy of your placard, your placard registration, and a picture I.D. to:
 
City of Oceanside
Finance Dept. / Revenue Division
300-C North Ditmar St. / City Hall East
Oceanside, CA 92054

How do I contest a ticket?

To contest a ticket, submit a written request for an administrative review, giving a detailed statement of the facts, along with any documents of proof.

Where do I send my requests for review or hearing?

City of Oceanside
Parking Enforcement Center
PO Box 6010
Inglewood, CA 90312

How long do I have to request an administrative review?

Per California State Assembly Bill 408, you have 21 days from the date of the ticket to request a review. If you fail to do so within the 21 days, you lose your right to appeal.

What do I do if I have already submitted a review form on the ticket and then I receive a notice for payment?

All tickets are on hold pending the disposition of the review. Therefore, payment does not need to be made while the ticket is being reviewed. For review status or for information concerning a hearing please contact us at (866) 353-7154.