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Oceanside Has Moved to Level 1 Drought Watch!

Strong Conservation Efforts Improve Local Water Efficiency
The City of Oceanside has returned to a Level One Drought Watch thanks to the extraordinary conservation efforts of its customers and the improved water supply conditions statewide.  Though this lower level of drought response will replace specific state-mandated restrictions to conserve water, Oceanside will maintain permanent Level One water use efficiency measures to ensure adequate water supplies should drought conditions continue.

Mandatory Water Use Efficiency Measures
  • Water landscapes before 10:00 am or after 6:00 pm only.
  • 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 during and 48 hours following a rain event.
  • No irrigating turf with potable water on public street medians. 
  • 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 five (5) days of notification.
  • Stop operation of ornamental fountains unless re-circulated water is used.
Hotels and Restaurants:
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments may serve water only upon request.
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests the option of not having 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.


San Diego County Water Authority’s grant-funded Sustainable Landscapes Program has announced a new turf removal rebate program.  The program is expected to start later this summer and is offering $1.75 per square ft.  Funding is limited, and those interested in participating must not remove their turf grass before being accepted into the incentive program.  Additional eligibility requirements and site inspections will also apply.  Incentive program details are expected to be available in August 2016 when the Water Authority opens enrollment for participation.  For more information, visit

To be notified when the application process is open, visit and simply enter your name along with your email address.   

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