Several cities in San Diego County announced new restrictions on lawn watering Thursday in response to the statewide drought.
Residents in Oceanside, Del Mar and San Marcos are among those given two days to water lawns and other outdoor landscaping under new rules announced this week.
In San Diego County, districts must save between 12 percent and 36 percent starting on June 1 under restrictions issued by California to get the state’s overall conservation to 25 percent.
In Oceanside, single-family homes are now limited to watering landscape and lawns on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Apartments, condos, businesses and public agencies will water Mondays and Thursdays.
City officials are instructing residents to water before 10:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m. and for no longer than 10 minutes each assigned watering day.
The city must conserve an additional 20 percent from 2013 levels under the new mandatory water use restrictions put in effect by Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order.
Residents can request a free watersmart checkup through the county’s website
The Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors voted Wednesday to limit outdoor irrigation to 8 minutes, two days per week from June 1 through October 31.
The district has found more than 250 water wasters since its drought patrols began May 11. Nearly all were due to irrigation runoff. The district offers a free irrigation audit through its website.
Vallecitos serves approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista.
In Del Mar, new drought restrictions will take effect June 1 limiting landscape irrigation to two days a week and banning outdoor watering for 48 hours after a measurable rainfall.
City officials say there will be a schedule of assigned water days released by the beginning of next month. Until then, customers are being asked to voluntarily begin watering lawns and other outdoor landscaping just two days per week.