The governor has declared a drought emergency in California, and mandatory water use restrictions have been in effect since August 2014 in order to limit inefficient water use. Recycled water, as a renewable and locally produced water source, is not subject to water use restrictions.
To assist OMWD customers that wish to use recycled water for landscape irrigation at their property, OMWD is offering free recycled water at a new temporary recycled water fill station in the 4S Ranch area of San Diego.
How to Get Free Recycled Water for Residential Landscaping
Prior to filling up, you must review the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station Program document describing regulations for the use of recycled water. You must also verify that you are an OMWD customer, certify that you have reviewed proper recycled water use procedures, and receive an ID card and stickers to be used on any water containers to be used for transporting recycled water. To do so, bring all of the following items with you to the fill station on your first visit. No substitutes will be accepted.
Bring your documentation to the residential fill station during the hours below. The attendant will review your documentation and issue your fill station user card. Fill station user cards are non-transferable.
The attendant will also provide stickers to be affixed to your containers indicating that the containers have been approved for recycled water use.
On subsequent visits, the attendant will check your identification and your fill station user card, and will verify that your container features the appropriate sticker. Stickers for additional containers may be obtained on subsequent visits.
Recycled water is available only to OMWD customers for their personal use at their property. Recycled water will not be provided to agents or contractors for OMWD customers, or for commercial uses.
Attendants are happy to assist customers, but due to the high volume of traffic at the station, customers must fill their own containers.
Location and Hours
The Residential Recycled Water Fill Station is located at Campania Avenue & Camino San Thomas in San Diego. Customers are asked to visit the fill station from eastbound Campania Avenue; left turns into the station from westbound Campania Avenue are not permitted. Directions from your location are available via the interactive map below.
OMWD’s fill station is open Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., excluding holidays.
Please note that the fill station is offered only temporarily as a service to customers while statewide emergency drought regulations remain in effect. OMWD may discontinue this service at any time.
No commercial vehicles or trailers longer than 15 feet are permitted to enter the fill station.
OMWD is currently exploring partnerships with other agencies to offer additional fill station opportunities closer to customers in the western portion of our service area.
Recycled Water Containers
Customers may transport recycled water using containers sized at a minimum of one gallon and a maximum of 300 gallons—customers bringing containers smaller than one gallon or larger than 300 gallons will be asked to return with the appropriate size. Containers must be leak-free and feature a water-tight lid.
There is no limit to the number of visits that a customer can make.
Please note that water is heavy! One gallon of water weighs over 8 pounds; 100 gallons weigh 835 pounds. When driving a vehicle with such a heavy weight, be sure to allow enough stopping distance. Ensure your vehicle can handle the amount of recycled water you collect and transport. Your containers must be secured for safe transport.
Before containers used for recycled water transport can be used for potable (drinking) water, they must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart (32 fluid ounces) of water.
Do Not Connect to Irrigation Systems
For health and safety reasons, tanks, pumps, hoses, and other equipment containing recycled water must not be connected to a dedicated irrigation system, even if that system is disconnected from your drinking water system. We do not want you or your neighbors to end up drinking recycled water due to an illegal interconnection between the drinking water supply and recycled water supply. Any such connection violates the state’s drinking water regulations, OMWD’s Administrative and Ethics Code, and the terms of the User Application and Agreement. Violators may be subject to loss of fill station privileges, fines, and other penalties. Please contact us if you have questions about appropriate methods of storing and using recycled water.