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District Strongly Encourages Conservation Actions

On March 28, 2022, following the driest first three months of a year in the state’s recorded history, Governor Gavin Newsom took steps to drive water conservation at the local level, calling on local water suppliers to take locally-appropriate actions that will conserve water across all sectors.

As a result, San Dieguito Water District has enacted the following conservation actions in addition to the Level 1 Voluntary Measures implemented by the SDWD Board of Directors on October 20, 2021. The district strongly encourages the customers to follow the conservation actions listed below.

Additional Conservation Actions

  • Stop using potable water to irrigate non-functional turf on Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional sites
    • “Non-functional turf” is turf that is not regularly used for human recreational purposes, community events, or sports.
  • Limit landscape irrigation to 3 assigned days per week
    • Odd-numbered addresses can irrigate on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
    • Even-numbered addresses can irrigate on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays
  • Limit landscape irrigation to no more than 10 minutes per water station per assigned day
  • Only irrigate landscape areas before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. to limit effects of evaporation
  • Customers must repair all leaks within 72 hours of detection or notification

Level 1 Voluntary Measures

  • Stop washing down paved and hard surfaces, such as sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots with potable water, except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards
  • Stop water waste resulting from inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff, overspray, etc.
  • Use a bucket, watering can, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation to water landscaped areas or wash cars
  • Only irrigate landscape areas before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. to limit effects of evaporation
  • Stop irrigating landscapes within 48 hours of measurable rainfall
  • Serve and refill water in restaurants and food service establishments only upon request
  • Offer guests in lodging establishments the option of not laundering towels and linens daily
  • Customers must repair all leaks within 5 days of detection or notification
  • Use recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes when feasible
  • Stop operation of decorative or ornamental fountains unless re-circulated or recycled water is used

San Dieguito Water District remains in Level 1 of its Water Supply Shortage Response Program.

For more information about drought restrictions, please visit our Drought Page.

General District Information

San Dieguito Water District has been serving coastal Encinitas since 1922. 

  • Providing clean water to the communities of Leucadia, Old Encinitas, Cardiff and portions of New Encinitas; the remainder of Encinitas served by Olivenhain Municipal Water District
  • Our water sources are Lake Hodges and the San Diego County Water Authority
  • Potable (drinking) water treated at R.E. Badger Filtration Plant, recycled water is from the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility

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