2017 Landscape Contest

Want to be rewarded for your water-wise landscaping ways? Enter this year’s California-Friendly Landscape Contest; open to all City of Escondido water customers who have made the move from grass to California-friendly plants. It’s time to show off all your hard work by entering this year’s California-Friendly Landscape Contest. Deadline to enter the contest is April 7! For more information please visit www.landscapecontest.com or call 760.839.4076

Drought Update

Regional Supply Sufficiency – May 2016 Emergency Regulation

The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies have sufficient water supplies to meet projected demands, even during three additional dry years, and will not be subject to state-mandated water-use reductions through January 2017.  For more information, see the supporting analysis and calculations.

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 the Escondido City Council voted to lower to a Response Level 1- Water Shortage Watch Condition. Although assigned watering days have been removed, customers are still encouraged to use water wisely. As a reminder, the following restrictions are enforced at all times regardless of which Response Level the city is in.


Water Restrictions that are Enforced at All Times:

  • Leaks and line breaks must be repaired as soon as they are discovered.
  • Eliminate excessive runoff from over watering.
  • Irrigate landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.
  • Fountains must re-circulate the water.
  • Washing any vehicle with a hose not having a water shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
  • Washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source is prohibited.
  • Watering or irrigating outdoor landscaping with potable water during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall is prohibited.
  • Hotel or motel must provide guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.
  • Restaurants or other places where food is served will not serve drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.
    From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232

Water Conservation Hotline 760-839-4658

Escondido enjoys a semi-arid climate, which means we receive an average 7 to 9 inches of rain each year. Approximately 70% of our drinking water is imported from northern California and the Colorado River, and 30% comes from our local lakes. As water availability becomes more scarce, it is imperative that we use water efficiently.