Drought Update

Regional Supply Sufficiency – May 2016 Emergency Regulation

The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies have sufficient water supplies to meet projected demands, even during three additional dry years, and will not be subject to state-mandated water-use reductions through January 2017.  For more information, see the supporting analysis and calculations.

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 the Escondido City Council voted to lower the watering time to 7 minutes per station. Landscapes may still be watered 3 days per week. The assigned days, and all other restrictions, remain the same. Continue reading below for more information.


All other restrictions listed below will remain in effect. 

Response Level 2-Water Shortage Alert Condition

City Council declared a Response Level 2- Water Shortage Alert Condition implementing additional restrictions.

Additional Restrictions:

  • Watering days for homes with odd-numbered addresses - Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday
  • Watering days for homes with even-numbered addresses - Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday
  • Watering days for apartments, condos, mobile home parks, and businesses - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Irrigate landscape no more than 10 minutes per station -- changed to a maximum of 7 minutes per station by Council action. This provision  does not apply to drip/micro-irrigation systems and stream rotor sprinklers.

Water Restrictions that are Enforced at All Times:

  • Leaks and line breaks must be repaired as soon as they are discovered.
  • Eliminate excessive runoff from over watering.
  • Irrigate landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Fountains must re-circulate the water.
  • Washing any vehicle with a hose not having a water shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
  • Washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source is prohibited.
  • Watering or irrigating outdoor landscaping with potable water during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall is prohibited.
  • Hotel or motel must provide guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.
  • Restaurants or other places where food is served will not serve drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.
    From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232

Water Conservation Hotline 760-839-4658

Escondido enjoys a semi-arid climate, which means we receive an average 7 to 9 inches of rain each year. Approximately 70% of our drinking water is imported from northern California and the Colorado River, and 30% comes from our local lakes. As water availability becomes more scarce, it is imperative that we use water efficiently.