Drought Update

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.