The San Dieguito Water District Water Conservation Division administers education, outreach, and incentive programs for our customers to help the District reduce water consumption.
Rebates & Incentives
WaterSmart rebates and incentives are available to District customers through the Metropolitan Water District. San Dieguito Water District’s residential and commercial customers are eligible. Rebates and incentives are subject to availability.
Turf Removal Rebates
WaterSmart Irrigation Checkup
Complimentary water-saving recommendations from an irrigation professional. These services are available to District customers through the San Diego County Water Authority. Recommendations are obligation-free. Customers are eligible for a WaterSmart Check-Up once every three years.
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 reduction measures in addition to the Level 1 Voluntary Measures implemented by the SDWD Board of Directors on October 20, 2021.
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.
To receive critical drought and conservation information, please sign-up for our Email Distribution List.
For information on water conservation programs, rebates and incentives, workshops, free water-use evaluations, and landscape care, visit our Conservation Page. Please review Irrigation Maintenance and Landscape Care for HOA laws and prohibitions in relation to water efficient landscapes.
To report water waste, please complete the Water Waste Reporting Form or call (760) 633-2676 with the requested information. San Dieguito Water District will only respond to water waste violations during regular working hours. For emergency situations that occur outside of regular working hours, please call our after-hours number: (760) 633-2922.
2023 Calendars Are Available
Pick yours up at any of the following locations before they disappear:
- San Dieguito Water District Office - 160 Calle Magdalena
- Encinitas City Hall Lobby - 505 South Vulcan Avenue
- Encinitas Library - 540 Cornish Drive
- Encinitas Community & Senior Center - 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive
Annual Fourth Grade Water Awareness Poster Contest
Every year fourth grade students residing in or attending school within our District are invited to participate in the North County Water Agencies' Water Awareness Poster Contest. The contest promotes awareness of water resources and the importance of water conservation. The top three artists receive prizes, recognition in the press and through District social media channels, and are invited to be recognized by the City Council and District Board. The water agencies then vote on which poster will appear on the cover of the following year's calendar. Calendars are distributed at civic buildings including the District offices, City Hall, and the Encinitas Library.
2023 Calendar Representatives
Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated! We hope these artists continue to share what they have learned with others in the community. Congratulations to this year's poster contest winners Livia Linh Rose, Natalie Marley and Axel Gates of Ada Harris Elementary!
Livia Linh Rose Natalie Marley Axel Gates
Visit San Dieguito Water District's Drought link to ensure your property is in compliance with current water-use restrictions.
Do-It-Yourself Tips for Irrigation System Maintenance
- Use the watering index and calculator to create a landscape watering schedule.
- If your property has runoff issues due to slopes or hard soil, try the cycle and soak method of irrigation as demonstrated in this video from Orange County. Also check out information on low head drainage to prevent water runoff as your irrigation system turns off.
- Learn how to program your irrigation controller and make sure you adjust it seasonally or when it's raining.
- Check out the EPA's guides on microirrigation- available for both irrigation professionals and homeowners.
Visit these sites for more information on maintaining irrigation systems:
Visita Salve Nuestra Agua para algunas grandes ideas sobre el ahorro de agua, en el interior y exterior de su hogar.
Trees and Landscape
- California ReLeaf provides tips for tree care: Save Our Water and Our Trees
- Check out this infographic on How to Help Your Trees Survive the Drought
- Learn why trees are so important from the California Urban Forests Council
- Prioritize your landscape needs- learn How to Garden in a Drought
- View the Homeowner's Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape
- Be water-wise with these tips to Reduce Turf and Plant Trees
- Check out our Rebates and Incentives for information on rebates available for turf replacement.
- Review these Landscape Resources from the San Diego County Water Authority.
- Learn about available classes and workshops and view online class presentations from the WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Program.
- Consult the Nifty 50 brochure to make sure you're only planting non-invasive, drought-tolerant plants.
Visit these sites for more information on classes, workshops, and landscape design and maintenance:
For information on installing graywater systems in Encinitas, please visit the City's Planning Division.
HOA Landscape Laws
Since the Governor's Declaration of drought in 2014, legislation protecting homeowner rights to have water efficient landscapes have been enacted:
HOA Prohibitions Fact Sheet from the State Water Resources Control Board (updated May 8, 2017)
Metropolitan Water District- SoCalWaterSmart
Most residential and commercial rebates are done through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California at www.socalwatersmart.com
MWD’s Residential Turf Replacement Program is being offered to promote water use reduction and sustainability. Following the success of other incentive programs focusing on landscaping and turf grass removal, the Program aims to combine elements of grass removal, irrigation modification, and water retention or filtration to support reuse or soil absorption of rainwater. Rebates start at $2 per square foot of turf removed. Submit your application today!
Available residential rebates include: clothes washers, toilets, rain barrels & cisterns, sprinkler nozzles, soil moisture sensors, and irrigation controllers.
Commercial rebates are available for plumbing fixtures, landscaping equipment, food equipment, HVAC equipment, and medical and dental equipment.
There is also an on-site retrofit program offered through SoCalWaterSmart for commercial, industrial, and institutional property owners, including HOAs, who convert potable water irrigation or industrial water systems to recycled water.
The Water Savings Incentive Program through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California provides financial incentives for customized water efficiency projects including: installation of commercial or industrial high-efficiency equipment, industrial process improvements, agricultural and landscape water efficiency improvements, and water management services.
San Diego County Water Authority
Residential and commercial customers are eligible for a free WaterSmart Checkup on their properties. For more information and to apply for your free checkup, visit www.watersmartcheckup.org
Contractors and self-managed sites may be eligible for the WaterSmart Contractor Incentive Program. For details and to enroll, visit www.sdwatersmartcip.com.
San Diego Gas & Electric
Eligible commercial customers of SDG&E and San Diego County Water Authority (which includes San Dieguito Water District customers) can get combined instant rebates for some qualifying water and energy saving products. For more information, visit www.sdge.org/bes.
San Dieguito Water District is proud to sponsor The Water Conservation Garden’s Ms. Smarty-Plants™ and the San Diego County Office of Education's Splash Lab at elementary schools within our District. Contact the Water Conservation Division for more information.
- View the San Diego County Water Authority's educational videos produced by Shows That Teach.
- Project WET activities and resources include lesson plans, books, maps, and posters for classroom use.
- Visit Project WET's Discover Water site to learn about the role of water in our lives.
- The San Diego County Water Authority offers free school programs and theater presentations.
- California Department of Water Resources provides teachers with free water education materials.
- The USEPA's WaterSense website is an interactive approach to teaching kids about water.
- Test Your WaterSense with a quiz from the USEPA.
- Find games, water saving tips, and more at Water Use It Wisely.
Proud of your water-efficient landscape? Would you like to be recognized for your work in support of water conservation and neighborhood beautification? This annual competition rewards drought-tolerant landscapes created or commissioned by customers of numerous San Diego County water agencies. For more information, please visit www.landscapecontest.com.
Due to COVID-19, all of our landscape workshops have gone virtual! please visit the San Diego County Water Authority to see which workshops are available.
To see which classes and events are being offered throughout San Diego County, visit the San Diego County Water Authority's WaterSmart website.
For information on water-related events that are celebrated throughout the year, please visit drinktap.org, a website managed by the American Water Works Association.