Water Conservation and Efficiency

California Drought 2021

As a result of long-term planning and ratepayer investments, the San Diego region is safe from the drought this summer. However, we must still do our part to conserve vital water resources as much of the state faces severe drought conditions. The resources below can help customers conserve water and use water more efficiently during these challenging times.

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FREE Water Use Evaluations
Take advantage of our water use evaluation service to help you save both water and money. OMWD offers this service free of charge to promote water use efficiency.

Save money on improvements at your home or business by applying for rebates on water-saving devices and landscape transformations.

Workshops and Tours
Learn more about efficient water use and the value of water at one of our free workshops or tours.

WaterSmart Landscape Contest
Inspire others to conserve by showing off your water-efficient yard in our annual interagency WaterSmart Landscape Contest.

School Programs
OMWD believes in educating the next generation about the value of water through engaging student contests and educational opportunities.


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Report Water Waste
Let us know if you see water being wasted in the community by submitting a water waste report form or calling 760-632-4641. Please note that leak emergencies should be reported to our main line by calling 760-753-6466.

High Consumption & Leaks
Have you received an unusually high bill, or do you suspect you may have a leak? Learn how to check for leaks, troubleshoot high water use, and other helpful tips.

Stormwater Pollution
Help protect our waterways by reporting stormwater pollution to the appropriate jurisdiction.


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Landscaping Tips
Up to 80 percent of residential water use in our area goes to landscape irrigation. One of the biggest ways to make an impact on your water use is to improve irrigation efficiency. OMWD has some great tips to get you started.

Graywater Reuse
Learn how the average household can save up to 12,000 gallons of water a year by using the same water that washed your clothes to water your landscape. 

Conservation Resources
We have created a list of conservation topics meant to inform and inspire those looking to reduce their water use.

Water Use Restrictions
Conservation efforts are currently voluntary. However, efficient water use and water-saving practices are always strongly encouraged. The California State Water Resources Control Board is currently considering establishing permanent prohibitions on water use practices.  

Drought Conditions
With California experiencing a second consecutive dry winter, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on April 21, 2021, several actions related to drought preparedness. Additional drought emergency proclamations were issued on May 10, 2021 and July 8, 2021. Find more water supply information and drought updates at the Department of Water Resources website.

Because of investments made by ratepayers, OMWD is safe from the threat of multi-year droughts.

What is OMWD doing?
OMWD is closely monitoring statewide water supplies and conservation efforts. OMWD’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan establishes water management requirements necessary to conserve water. Additionally, OMWD continues to diversify our water supply sources to reduce our reliance on imported water. For example, OMWD is working on several recycled water expansion projects, we continue to explore the feasibility of a brackish groundwater desalination facility in our service area, and we also benefit from the completion of the Carlsbad Desalination Facility.

What other agencies are doing similar to OMWD? ACWA's Small Changes, Big Impact video
Association of California Water Agencies’ “Small Changes, Big Impact” video, part of ACWA’s video series “California H20: Flowing for the Future,” highlights how other water agencies have utilized education campaigns and conservation programs that are similar to OMWD’s programs.