Water Conservation

2019 WaterSmart Landscape Contest
Entries closed April 26.  Winners to be announced soon!

Have you swapped out your grass for drought-tolerant landscaping? Yards with low water-use plants deserve to be showcased! The 2019 WaterSmart Landscape Contest will award a $250 gift card from a local nursery to one efficient homeowner!  They will also be featured in the City’s online magazine where they can show off their hard-earned, beautiful, water-saving landscape.  Visit www.landscapecontest.com, to find details on contest requirements and to stay tuned to hear this years winners! 

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.

Below we have listed resources, workshops, and events for you learn how to use water more efficiently!

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!

Water use efficiency measures. Oceanside will maintain mandatory Level 1 water use efficiency measure to ensure adequate water supplies. Please click here for more information on Oceanside's drought response.

Mandatory Water Use Efficiency Measures
  • Irrigate 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 for at least 48 hours after rain.
  • No irrigating turf with potable water on public street medians.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean paved surfaces.
  • 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.
  • Use re-circulated water in fountains and water features.
Hotels and Restaurants:
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments may serve water only upon request.
  • 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 Rebates, Programs and Incentives 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.