Water Quality Brochures

Everyone who lives, works or visits Escondido plays an important role in minimizing the effects of urban runoff and safe-guarding the water quality in the receiving creeks. These informational brochures show how to minimize our influence on our waterways. 

New! Help us protect and improve the quality of urban runoff and stormwater:

Ayúdanos a reducer el impacto de la escorrentía de aguas pluviales:


Outdoor events must comply with storm water regulations:

Due to increased precautions with the coronavirus outbreak many events, workshops, and presentations have been canceled. Please check below for updates.
With closures of many businesses, homeowners in the Escondido water district have an opportunity create a WaterSmart garden and enter in the annual California-friendly Landscape Contest. More information below.
Due to school closures, we are offering educational resources. These include printable activities as well as links to online games and videos: 

To report pollution or water waste violations use Report It! or call Public Works 760-839-4668.

Community members are invited to take part in opportunities offered throughout the year to learn about our City's water resources and to gain a renewed look at how we view and use water in our daily lives. Water is a vital component in sustaining a healthy community, which is why learning how to conserve and protect its quality is a benefit for each of us.

Home owners are invited to participate in a landscape workshop to learn how to transform a conventional turf yard into a California friendly landscape. Teachers are invited to supplement their science curriculum with water education presentations to teach children to be good water stewards. The City also provides community group presentations to help interpret and understand water regulations and policies. And, the City provides water quality brochures to learn about how to prevent storm water pollution in your home and business.

These events and presentations are available to you at no cost.

The Environmental Programs Division is committed to providing customers with tools to assist with outdoor water management. In San Diego County, the average resident consumes about 120 gallons of water each day. And more than half of residential water use is for landscape irrigation. Fixing leaks and making minor repairs or adjustments to your irrigation system can save you water and money.

2020 Creek to Bay Cleanup - June 20th - VIRTUAL

Environmental Programs and the Police Department are partnering with I Love a Clean San Diego to clean up our community. Please join us virtually by registering.

2019 Landscape Contest Winner

Annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest

Every spring the California-Friendly Landscape Contest is open to all City of Escondido water customers who have explored a water-wise and California approach to their home landscape. San Diego County households use up to 50-70% of their water consumption outdoors. Transition your conservation skills outdoors and take advantage of the SoCal WaterSmart turf removal rebate program. See how local residents have transitioned their home and get inspiration from fellow County homes.

To enter this year's contest visit, landscapecontest.com or call 760-839-4076.

Landscape Transformations - Learn how to DIY

City of Escondido hosts FREE WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshops year-round. Learn how to transform your home's landscape from the soil up. Topics include soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, rainwater catchment and implementation. City also hosts a Landscape Makeover Series, a four-class program designed to help you with your own landscape project with one-on-one professional coaching.  Learn More

For additional questions call 760-839-4662


Community Presentations - Not Currently Booking
Free presentations are available for community groups, classes, or other stakeholders. Topics include: water use efficiency, water sources and the outlook for the future, storm water pollution and policies. Presentations provide background and can be tailored to the issues Escondido residents and businesses may be interested in. Please call 760-839-4075 for more details.

The City proudly supports local schools, both public and private, by providing the Water Science Education Program to elementary and afterschool programs. The program teaches water science to raise awareness of Earth's resource through interactive and collaborative activities that supplement your science curriculum and help meet Next Generation Science Standards*.

Water Topics:

  • Natural Resources*
  • Hydrologic Cycle*
  • Water Resources
  • Water Treatment Process*
  • Watershed Science  

Contact the education and outreach coordinator, Ariel Cutter, for more information: acutter@escondido.org or 760-839-4077
*Not Currently Booking Presentations

Online Water Educational Resources for Parents – activity books, videos and more:

Printable Resources

Splash Lab Science Mobile
The City sponsors a limited number of Splash Science Mobile  Lab visits to 4th and 5th grade classes to get a hands on experience with water issues. 

Annual 4th Grade Water Awareness Poster Contest
Join the tradition! Since 1991, 4th graders in the Escondido water district have participated in our annual poster contest. This year the contest theme is "Love Water, Save Water," which gives local 4th grade students the opportunity to illustrate the value of our water resources. Winning students and their teachers are awarded prizes and will have their art featured in a regional calendar and on the city website.


  1. No mixed media; must be drawing only
  2. Be original; no copyrighted or trademarked characters
  3. Use lots of color
  4. Do not leave a lot of empty space
  5. Posters are due by June 15, 2020

How to submit drawings:

  1. Print out entry form
  2. Fill out personal information on page 1
  3. Draw poster inside the box on page 2
  4. Mail to Escondido City Hall by June 15, 2020

Download Entry Form.

If you are unable to print the entry form, contact Ariel Cutter at acutter@escondido.org or 760-839-4077 for information about getting the entry form mailed to you.