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

Irrigation Controller Installation Program

Green Oceanside received funds to provide 80 FREE smart irrigation controllers – valued at $600 each – to homeowners in specific neighborhoods. Updating your irrigation controller technology can significantly reduce overwatering in your yard by applying water only when plants need it, helping you conserve water and save money! Check if your property is eligible to receive a free smart irrigation controller here. Learn more about the smart controllers, view program qualifications, and apply for yours on our program page.

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.


2021 Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation & Sustainability

Oceanside received second place in the Mayor’s Challenge last year in an extremely close competition. This year, Mayor Sanchez is challenging all residents to be sustainable at home and help the City win first place! This year’s challenge and pledging will begin on April 1, 2021. You can start logging your environmental actions at https://wylandfoundation.ecochallenge.org to earn points for Oceanside! Visit the Earth Month 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, as well as information for teachers about signing up for virtual assemblies and presentations for their classes.

Are you a parent or teacher of a fourth-grade student? Fourth graders in Oceanside can enter the 2021 Water Awareness Poster Contest for the chance to be win prizes and have their artwork featured in the 2022 North County calendar! Visit the School Programs Page for information on how to enter.


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.