The Wastewater Division’s collection system maintenance team is responsible for the safe and efficient conveyance of wastewater from residential, commercial and industrial connections to the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF).

The City’s wastewater collection system is comprised of roughly 350 miles of sewer pipeline and over 7,500 manholes. In addition to the sewer system within the City’s boundaries, the staff also maintain a 14-mile land outfall pipeline. The outfall pipeline traverses the Escondido Creek, carrying and eventually discharging treated water into the Pacific Ocean.

Combination Jet Rod / Vacuum Truck

Highly specialized equipment is used to maintain the sewer system. This equipment includes 3 combination jet-rodding/vacuum trucks. These trucks use high pressure water in combination with different nozzles to clean and flush the system, preventing and breaking blockages.

Additional equipment used is a CCTV inspection van. This van uses robotic camera/transporters to record the condition of the sewer lines. This in-turn allows our construction crew to fix problems with lines before they fail.


The wastewater staff is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public and environment by routinely cleaning and inspecting sewer mains. Below is a list of what you can do to help keep the City clean and safe, as well as protect your sewer lateral line.

  • If you notice an overflowing manhole or sewer line, please call City of Escondido Public Works at (760)-839-4668. 


 And as always, the Escondido Report It! App is an efficient way of reporting non-emergency sewer related calls.

  • Please do not put grease, eggshells or coffee grounds down the drain or in the garbage disposal. Most importantly, do not flush wet wipes, feminine products or anything other than toilet paper. Even if products are labeled flushable, they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and cause major problems at pumping facilities and the treatment plant.

For more information about your lateral, click here.

  • Residents and businesses in Escondido are responsible for all maintenance and repair of their lateral (Escondido Municipal Code Sec. 22-165), which also includes the portion under the sidewalk and street.