The Agricultural Water Program offered by the City of Escondido follows the guidelines provided by the San Diego County Water Authority.  Agricultural production shall mean the growing or raising, in conformity with recognized practices of husbandry, for the purpose of commerce, trade or industry, of agricultural, horticultural or floricultural products produced for human consumption or the market.

Property must be a minimum 1.25 acres with one full acre in production, not including residential landscaping.

Property must have previously been in the Ag Program prior to 2008.

A backflow device must be installed at the meter.  Backflow device will need to be checked annually.

Proof of agricultural activity must be provided upon request.  Proof can be in the form of sales or picking receipts or a copy of your Schedule F (Profit or Loss from Farming) of most recent tax return.

Agricultural Water Customers are subject to cutbacks implemented by the San Diego County Water Authority during time of declared drought. 

Agricultural Water Customers are required to participate in the General Agricultural Orders issued by the San Diego Regional Water Board.  Participation may be on an individual basis or through a Third-Party Group on your behalf.  Information on this requirement may be found at:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/sandiego/water_issues/programs/commercial_agriculture/commercial_ag.shtml.

The Residential Agricultural Water Program is for smaller groves on a residential property. 

Property must be a minimum of .75 acres with one-half acre in production, not including residential landscaping.

A backflow device must be installed at the meter.  Backflow device will need to be checked annually.

Proof of agricultural activity must be provided upon request.  Proof can be in the form of sales or picking receipts, a copy of your Schedule F (Profit or Loss from Farming) of most recent tax return, or a donation receipt from a 501(C)3 Charity.