Drought

Contact Information

San Dieguito Water District
160 Calle Magdalena
Encinitas, CA 92024

Drought phone: (760) 633-2810
Drought e-mail: [email protected]

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:30 pm; Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
(Closed alternating Fridays and Holidays)

Drought Update (July 14, 2016)


SDWD Modifies its Water Supply Shortage Response from a Level 2 Condition to a Level 1 Condition

On May 18, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), acting in response to a new executive order by Governor Brown, adopted a revised statewide water conservation approach which replaces the prior percentage-based water conservation standard and allows agencies to self-certify their availability of water supplies over the next three years.

On June 22, 2016, the San Diego County Water Authority, on behalf of all member agencies including the San Dieguito Water District, submitted data to the SWRCB certifying that the region has sufficient water supplies to meet demands over the next three years. Therefore, the District is no longer subject to a mandatory water-use reduction target.

At the July 13, 2016 Board meeting, in response to these new actions, the District Board approved moving from a Water Supply Shortage Level 2 Condition to a Level 1 Condition.

While SDWD has sufficient water supplies to meet demands at this time, California is still in a drought, and we encourage our customers to continue their water conservation practices by observing the following voluntary measures:

• Limit landscape irrigation to 3 days per week.
• Irrigate only between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. (overnight to avoid evaporation)
• Limit landscape irrigation to 10 minutes or less per station (unless weather-based controllers, drip/micro irrigation, or stream rotor sprinklers are used).
• Use a positive shut-off nozzle when using a hose for outdoor watering.

The State Water Resources Control Board has required that the following mandatory water-use restrictions remain in effect:

• Do not wash down paved surfaces or hardscape, including sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, tennis courts, and patios, except when it is necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards.
• Eliminate water waste, overspray, and runoff resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation systems and practices.
• Use a positive shut-off nozzle when washing your vehicle.
• Do not irrigate during or for 48 hours after measurable precipitation.
• Repair leaks within a reasonable timeframe after notification from the District.
• Use recirculated water to operate ornamental fountains.
• Restaurants and other food service establishments may only serve and refill water upon request.
• Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments must offer guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.

Enforcement of Mandatory Water-Use Restrictions

To enforce mandatory water-use restrictions, staff will respond to information provided by customers regarding water waste.  District field crews will also be instructed to enforce water-use restrictions as they are driving through the District while performing their normal work duties.  It is our intention to work with our customers first and give them the opportunity to correct any issue. 

The District will provide customers with a courtesy notice and a written warning (first violation) prior to levying any fines.  However, if a customer does not respond to the notice and warning, they may then be subject to a $100 fine on the second violation, a $200 fine on the third violation, and a $500 fine on the fourth and each subsequent violation.

The mandatory restrictions are aimed toward the reduction of water waste, most specifically outdoors.  Simple adjustments to irrigation systems, timers, and water-use habits can have a great impact on water consumption, as outdoor water-use accounts for over 50% of potable water use in Southern California. 

Eliminate Drought Rates

When the District was in Water Shortage Supply Levels 2 and 3, drought rates were in effect. Drought rates are established to ensure the District receives sufficient revenues to cover costs associated with providing water service when consumption decreases due to mandatory water demand reductions. Since the District will not be subject to a mandatory reduction in water-use, drought rates will be rescinded and non-drought rates will be implemented. The non-drought rate will be effective for bills issued on or after July 14, 2016.

Please visit our Customer Service and Billing page to see the District's current Schedule of Water Rates and Service Charges.

Further Information

It should be noted that as neither the State nor SDCWA is requiring a specified demand reduction, the District will not be imposing a moratorium on new meter service connections and annexations.  If drought conditions persist and the State or SDCWA impose a targeted demand reduction, then the District may have to impose these additional measures in the future.  

Our customers have already done a great job of conserving water. In addition to conservation efforts, regional investments to increase water storage and diversify the water supply, paid by our customers through their water rates, are reducing vulnerability to drought. The region has invested $2 billion over the past decade in new, large-scale water infrastructure projects that are contributing to a more reliable water supply.  Because of our customers' conservation efforts, along with investments in these water reliability projects, San Diego County is in much better shape to respond to this drought than many areas in California.  We thank you for all of your efforts.    

For information on water conservation, including programs, rebates, workshops, free water-use evaluations, and landscape care, visit www.sdwd.org/conserve

For questions or to report violations, please fill out the Drought Violation Form and e-mail it to [email protected] or call 760-633-2810 with the requested information.  San Dieguito Water District will only respond to drought violations during regular working hours.

SDWD Water Supply Reliability Self-Certification Data and Analysis

On May 18, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaces the prior percentage-based water conservation standard. The new standard requires water agencies to self-certify the level of available water supplies assuming three additional dry years. Agencies that face a supply shortage after the third dry year will have a conservation standard equal to that shortage.

Under the new regulations, agencies may certify supply sufficiency on an individual or regional basis. All San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) member agencies agreed to certify as a region. On June 22, 2016, the following data and analysis was submitted to the SWRCB:

The data and analysis submitted to the SWRCB demonstrate that San Dieguito Water District (District) has sufficient water supplies to meet demands over the next three years. Therefore, the District’s new conservation standard is a zero percent reduction.