Water Conservation

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.

The City's Water Conservation Master Plan was created to help the City meet its future water needs, and is the guiding document for Green Oceanside's water conservation program. The City also maintains mandatory water use efficiency measures for its customers to ensure adequate water supplies even in drought conditions.

Explore our site to view a variety of resources, programs, and events to help you use water more efficiently both indoors and outdoors.

Program Highlights

Rain Barrel Program

Green Oceanside received funds to provide free rain barrels to homeowners in specific neighborhoods. Rain barrels help reduce water use at your home by collecting and storing rainwater for use in gardens and landscapes! Check if your property is eligible to receive a free barrel here. If eligible, view program details and apply at http://bit.ly/RainBarrelOceanside. Supplies are limited, apply today!

Not eligible for a free rain barrel? Don’t worry, there are rebates available to help you obtain a rain barrel for a reduced cost! Learn more and view all of the available water efficiency rebates at www.socalwatersmart.com.

2020 Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Oceanside received second place in the Mayor’s Challenge this year in an extremely close competition. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Challenge! Pledging for next year’s challenge will begin on April 1, 2021. You can still track your water-saving projects at wylandfoundation.org/mywaterproject and the points will count towards next year’s Challenge! Visit the Mayor’s Challenge Page for more information.

Educational Resources for Students and Teachers 

Visit the School Programs Page to view lesson pans, virtual activities and online games about the role of water in our daily lives. There are several resources available for students of all ages.

Virtual Landscape Workshops

Green Oceanside hosted a series of virtual landscape design workshops for homeowners, led by a professional landscape contractor. Visit the Landscaping Resources Page to view the workshop recordings and download presentation slides.

Additional regional water-wise landscaping workshops are available - visit the Green Oceanside Events Page for details.


Oceanside’s 2020 Landscape Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to Leslie Rush for winning first place in this year’s WaterSmart Landscape Contest!

Visit the Landscape Contest Page to view details and photos of the winning entries and for information about the annual contest.

Winners of the 2020 Water Awareness Poster Contest

Congratulations to Jeremiah Martinez of Ivy Ranch Middle School for winning the City of Oceanside's fourth-grade poster contest this year! Visit the School Programs Page to learn more about this annual contest for North County students.

WaterSmart Online Portal: Usage, Alerts and More!

City of Oceanside water customers have free access to the WaterSmart web and mobile portal. WaterSmart account holders can view their water use data online and have access to features that could help them save water and money. Learn more about WaterSmart.