Water Conservation

2020 WaterSmart Landscape Contest

Deadline extended to May 29, 2020

Have you swapped out your grass for drought-tolerant landscaping? Yards with low water-use plants deserve to be showcased! Enter the 2020 WaterSmart Landscape Contest by Friday, May 29 for the chance to win a gift card to a local nursery, be featured in the City’s online magazine, and show off your beautiful, water-saving landscape. 

Visit www.landscapecontest.com for details on contest requirements, judging criteria, and submission guidelines. Early submissions are encouraged to show off the beautiful spring blooms while they’re at their peak! 

Submit your entry online at www.landscapecontest.com, or mail to:

Green Oceanside
        Water Utilities Department
        300 N Coast Hwy
        Oceanside, CA 92054

The City of Oceanside received 23 entries for the 2019 San Diego Regional WaterSmart Landscape Contest, reflecting a range of beautiful and innovative water-efficient landscapes. Check out the 2019 winners:

The City of Oceanside congratulates the winners of the 2019 WaterSmart Landscape Contest!

Top Honors

Janet & Conrad Beck
1132 Laguna St.

Honorable Mentions

Gerold Wharton
3237 San Tomas Dr.

Kim Wascher
710 Stanley St.

Laura Cates
573 Boysenberry Way

Janet and Conrad Beck, homeowners at 1132 Laguna Street, received the $250 grand prize for their self-described "whimsical garden." The couple's colorful garden showcases a variety of low water-use plants that are watered by hand, replacing their automated sprinkler system and resulting in a water savings of over 3,700 gallons per month.

Three runners-up received the award of honorable mention along with gift cards to a local nursery: Gerold Wharton of 3237 San Tomas Drive, Kim Wascher of 710 Stanley Street, and Laura Cates of 573 Boysenberry Way.

2019 WaterSmart Landscape Contest Winners

2018 WaterSmart Landscape Contest Winners

2020 North County Water Agencies Water Awareness Poster Contest

Deadline extended to June 15, 2020.

The Water Awareness Poster Contest is an annual competition amongst fourth grade students in each of the North County water agencies’ service areas, designed to promote an understanding and appreciation for conserving water and using it more efficiently. Artwork from three students will be selected to represent Oceanside in the 2021 North County Water Agency Calendar. Download the Poster Contest Entry Form 2020 to view contest rules and artwork guidelines. 

Digital entries are now being accepted! Submit your entries online by emailing greenoceanside@oceansideca.org. Or, mail your entries to:

Green Oceanside
        Water Utilities Department
        300 N Coast Hwy
        Oceanside, CA 92054


Almost 60 fourth grade students in the Oceanside Unified School District entered the 2019 poster contest, representing eight different elementary schools within the district. Check out the City's 2019 winners, whose artwork was featured in the 2020 North County Water Agency Calendar:

Sadie Troyer Julie Marvan Leanne Gonzalez


2020 Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Thank you for continuing to use water efficiently and creating a greener Oceanside. 


The 8th annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation occurred from April 1 to 30, 2019, with Oceanside placing 3rd in our population category! This friendly, month-long competition is a campaign to see which city could get the most residents to pledge to conserve water and be more sustainable. With thousands of cities participating for the title of “Most Water-Wise” city, Oceanside's third place finish was a tremendous success. Check back for updates about the 2020 Mayor’s Challenge, and get ready to take Oceanside to #1!


WaterSmart Online Portal - Usage, Alerts & More! 


The City of Oceanside's free online program WaterSmart is a great way to help you manage your water use. With a few simple steps you can sign up for your own personal account profile and receive water saving tips, rebates, and more! Please visit www.Oceanside.WaterSmart.com and enter your City of Oceanside water utility account number and zip code to create your account. Click here for more information on WaterSmart!

Level One Drought Watch, What Does it Mean?

Using water efficiently is a way of life and an important responsibility that comes along with the benefits of living in a beautiful Mediterranean climate like Oceanside. The City of Oceanside is committed to managing our water resources efficiently and ensuring a reliable water supply for future generations.

Explore our site to view resources, rebate information and upcoming workshops for you to learn how to use water more efficiently.

Oceanside will maintain mandatory Level 1 water use efficiency measure to ensure adequate water supplies. Please familiarize yourself with the City's Mandatory Water Use Efficiency Measures.

Are You Water Wise?

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is the regional water wholesaler that delivers water to 26 public member agencies including the San Diego County Water Authority. MWD offers residential and commercial rebates within its service area, including Oceanside. BeWaterWise.com is Metropolitan Water District's portal for water conservation rebates and grants, landscape classes, water-wise garden inspiration and tons of helpful tips. Check out Metropolitan's website for great resources on water conservation in Southern California. You can also visit the City’s rebates page for more information about the regional rebate program.