The Lakes Division administers Escondido’s parks, lakes, and open spaces. Rangers maintain and patrol the city’s various downtown parks, and provide outdoor education experiences and oversee recreation activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking at Daley Ranch, Dixon Lake, and Lake Wohlford.

The Environmental Programs Division consists of the City's storm water program, water conservation program, and the pretreatment program. The Environmental Programs division works to prevent pollution from entering the storm drain system that empties untreated runoff water into our local creeks
and lakes.

Call the City’s Maintenance and Operations Division at 760-839-4668 to report wastewater spills or violations of storm water regulations.

The Wastewater Division oversees the safe collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater, while at the same time protecting the environment and safeguarding community health. Wastewater staff maintains the city’s collection system and pump stations, and operates the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF), where recycled water is also produced and distributed to businesses within the community.

The Water Division adheres to strict water quality standards and guidelines to provide safe, reliable, high-quality drinking water to the citizens of Escondido. Via the Escondido-Vista Canal, raw (untreated) water from Lake Henshaw is transported to Lake Wohlford, properly treated at the Escondido-Vista Water Treatment Plant, and then delivered to the city’s residential, commercial, and agricultural customers through the distribution system.