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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.

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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