As California continues to face a drought, every drop of water saved helps extend our reserves. The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors have declared a Stage 2 Drought Alert condition calling for mandatory water conservation measures to prevent water waste.

Mandatory conservation measures for Stage 2 include:

  • Limiting outdoor watering to no more than 3 days per week.
  • Watering only during the late evening or early morning hours
  • Eliminating runoff from irrigation systems
  • Repairing all leaks promptly
  • Turning off water fountains and other water features unless they use recycled water
  • Using hoses with shut-off valves for washing cars (or patronizing commercial car washes that re-circulate water)
  • Serving water to restaurant patrons only on request
  • Offering hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily
  • Using water (unnecessarily) for construction operations that receive water from a construction meter or water truck for any purpose other than those required by regulatory agencies is prohibited. 

On August 13, 2014 the City Council will consider modifying the municipal code to bring Escondido to Stage 2 also. If you have any questions on the water restrictions, please call the City Utilities Division at 760-839-4075 or email