OCEANSIDE, Calif. – After three straight years of dry winters and record-breaking heat, the San Diego County Water Authority declared a Level 2 Drought Alert in July, triggering mandatory restrictions by local water agencies in the region, including the city of Oceanside.
As of August 6, residents and businesses in Oceanside could be fined if they are caught wasting water.
“We really have to treat this like a precious resource,” said Cari Dale, Director of Water Utilities for the city of Oceanside. “We feel for people who are saving water and that we are asking them to conserve even more, but without doing this there may be a time when there is no water for anyone.”
Oceanside residents are restricted to 10-minute early morning or late evening watering on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Businesses will only be allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
According to the city, anyone with a water leak is required to fix it within 72-hours.
Further follow up for noncompliance can include fines starting at $100 and increasing for successive violations.
Oceanside is also looking at cutting back city government water use. Grass at the Civic Center will be removed and replaced with AstroTurf.
Residents and business who invest in water-saving features can take advantage of rebate programs.
The mandatory water use rules currently in effect:
- Only water outdoor landscaping on Tues., Thurs., and Sat. and for no more than 10 minutes per water station in the early morning or late evening.**Does not apply to systems using water efficient devices including weather-based controllers, drip/micro/irrigation systems or stream rotor sprinklers and does not apply to commercial growers or nurseries.
- Use a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation to water landscaped areas with no irrigation system.
- Sweep paved surfaces, including sidewalks and driveways; do not wash down with a hose.
- Monitor inefficient landscape irrigation such as sprinkler runoff or over spray so it doesn’t occur.
By the year 2030, the city of Oceanside wants to be 50 percent water independent. Oceanside is shelving out more than $30 million for better recycling systems.