Oceanside Drought Response

Level 2 Drought Restrictions       
Watering Days Now Limited to Two (2) days/week
Tuesdays and Saturdays for Single-Family Residential Homes
Mondays and Thursdays for Apartments, Condos, Businesses, and Public Agencies


 Level 2 drought restrictions answer the important question of "What do I need to do?"
Irrigation:  • Limit residential and commercial landscape irrigation to a maximum of 2 days/week on your assigned days for no more than 10 minutes. ​Water before 10:00 am or after 6:00 pm. *Drip, micro-irrigation, or stream rotor systems may run for longer than 10 minutes but are still limited to assigned watering days.
• Use a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle to water landscapes with no irrigation system
• Adjust sprinklers to prevent run-off or overspray
• Repair broken sprinkler nozzles and irrigation leaks
• Do not irrigate turf or ornamental landscape during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
Washing: • Sweep paved surfaces such as sidewalks or driveways; do not use a hose.
• Wash vehicles using a bucket and hand-held hose equipped with positive shut-off nozzle (a professional car wash is preferred to keep pollutants out of storm drains).
 Leaks: Repair all indoor and outdoor leaks immediately.
 Fountains: Stop operation of ornamental fountains unless re-circulated water is used.
Hotel and Restaurants: • Restaurants and other food service establishments serve water only upon request.
• Operators of hotels and motels provide guests the option not to have towels and linens laundered daily.


City of Oceanside Drought Response OrdinanceAcrobat icon (255.8 KB)


Drought Restrictions Now in Effect
Governor Brown’s first ever executive order for mandatory water use reductions ranging from 4% to 36% is a clear indication that we need to step up our conservation efforts. To achieve Oceanside's assigned cutback of 12%, significant changes will need to be made, including reducing watering days to two days per week and eliminating water waste. It's more important than ever that everyone adhere to current Level 2 Drought restrictions and work together as a community to achieve our conservation targets. Thank you for doing your part to ensure we meet the state mandate and for helping to make Oceanside a more water efficient community. For help in becoming more water efficient at your home or business, Oceanside will provide a free water use evaluation.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Oceanside residents and businesses have done a commendable job saving water but we must do more. Click here for Ways to Save Water.

Gold is the new Green!

Spruce up your golden lawn with a drought sign telling your neighbors that you are doing your part to save Oceanside's water. Pick up a sign today at the Water Utilities Department at City Hall. Located at 300 N. Coast Hwy, M-F between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm.

 Simple water-savings investments can help save gallons of water per day.
   Rebate Amount  Water Savings
Smart Irrigation Controllers $80/controller  40 gallons/day
Soil Moisture Sensor Systems $80/sensor  4,200 gallons/station/year
Rain Barrels $75/barrel  600 gallons/year
Rotating Irrigation Nozzles $2/nozzle  Uses 20% less water than conventional sprinkler heads
High Efficiency Clothes Washer $85 from MWD + $50 from SDG&E  20-30 gallons/load
High Efficiency Toilet $100/toilet From (DWR) The
State Department of Water
Save Our Water Rebates

$40/toilet "Premium High
Efficiency Toilet"-1.1 gpf or
less from (MWD) The
Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California
Save Our Water Rebates

2.2-3.8 gallons/flush


Metropolitan Water District has announced the closure of its turf rebate program due to the depletion of funding.
The SoCal Watersmart Turf Removal Program waitlist will be closed effective November 1st, 2015. No new applications will be accepted after that date. Customers who already have applied for and been added to the waitlist will be informed on a case-by-case basis when/if funding becomes available for their turf removal projects.
 For more information, visit www.socalwatersmart.com

The San Diego County Water Authority and The U-T San Diego are teaming up again in 2015 to provide timely information about water conservation every Saturday in the Home and Garden section in the newspaper and online. The U-T will publish a question-and-answer column called "Dear Drought Fighter" to help San Diego Country residents make the most of limited water supplies during a severe statewide drought.

The column will feature a range of practical ideas, resources, and tools to help reduce water use in homes and businesses. Residents may submit questions to the Water Authority at droughtfighter@sdcwa.org and will be eligible for free conservation devices and items such as shower times and soil moisture sensors.

To view column online, please visit http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/19/dear-drought-fighter-effort-save-water/