Oceanside Drought Response

   Drought Restrictions Now in Effect
  City of Oceanside Drought Response Ordinance Acrobat icon (255.8 KB)
Current Drought Conditions

After four straight years of dry winters and record-breaking heat, the San Diego County Water Authority declared a Level 2 Drought Alert in July, triggering mandatory restrictions by local water agencies in the region, including the City of Oceanside.

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

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued an executive order asking all Californians to cut water use by 25% as we experience unprecedented low amounts of water.

Level 2 drought restrictions answer the important question of “What do I need to do?”


  • Do not irrigate turf or ornamental landscape during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • Limit residential and commercial landscape irrigation to a maximum of 3 days/week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) for no more than 10 minutes or less between the hours of 6:00 pm and 10:00 am. 
  • Use a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle to water landscapes with no irrigation system. 
  • Adjust sprinklers to prevent runoff or overspray 
  • Repair broken sprinkler nozzles and irrigation leaks


  • 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).


  • Repair all indoor and outdoor leaks within 72 hours. 


  • Stop operation of ornamental fountains unless recirculated water is used.

Hotels 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.


Simple water-savings investments can help save gallons of water per day.


Rebate Amount

Water Savings

Turf Removal

$2/ sq. ft.

42 gallons/sq. ft./year

Smart Irrigation Controllers


13,500 gallons/year

Soil Moisture Sensor Systems


4,200 gallons/station/year

Rain Barrels


600 gallons/year

Rotating Irrigation Nozzles


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


2.2-3.8 gallons/flush


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/