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.
- 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.