On August 17, 2016, the Escondido City Council voted to ease water restrictions from a Response Level 2 to a Response Level 1- Water Shortage Watch Condition. The approval removes the three days per week, seven minutes per station outdoor watering restrictions that had been in place since June 2015. Recent changes to state mandates now allow for a flexible approach to conservation after Escondido and the San Diego region showed sufficient supplies are available for the coming years. Customers still are 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:
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
Visit the Water Conservation page on the City of Escondido’s website for more information: www.escondido.org/water-conservation.aspx.