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New and Continuing State Drought Emergency Actions

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.

Current drought restrictions answer the important question of "What do I need to do?"
Irrigation:
  • 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
  • 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 within 72 hours.
  • Fountains:
  • 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. Visit our Residential Programs and Rebates page for more information or see below for more information about our FREE WaterSmart checkup program.

    *Those not following these restrictions are subject to citation and possible fines.


         


    Additional Ways to Conserve Water

     

    Unsure of how else you can save water?

    Sign up for a FREE WaterSmart checkup!

    A water-efficiency professional will visit your home at your convenience and conduct a comprehensive survey to help you find ways to save water outdoors and around your home.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.WaterSmartCheckup.org


    Home Depot Plant Fair!

    Did you miss our event on March 14 at the Vista Way Home Depot? No problem, visit us at the Mission Avenue Home Depot in Oceanside on May 30 and receive discounts on select varieties of low-water-use plants, play at the FREE Kid's Workshop, and get low-water-use landscape design ideas from Home Depot experts!

    For more information and a full list of plant fairs offered throughout SD county, please visit here.


    Artificial Turf Discount Program

    Are you thinking about replacing your grass with artificial turf? The San Diego County Water Authority has partnered with Athletic Turf Solutions, EasyTurf, Turf Evolutions, Hellas Turf, and Players Turf USA to offer residential, commercial, and public sector property owners a 10% discount on products and services.

    No application necessary!

    Visit here for more details!