San Dieguito Water District




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San Dieguito Water District FY 2017/18 & FY 2018/19 Strategic Plan

At the May 17, 2017 District Board Meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously accepted the District’s new Strategic Plan document.  As the District’s first stand-alone Strategic Plan, it establishes formal Mission, Vision and Values for the District, as well as five strategic Focus Areas.  Objectives and Performance Indicators have been established for each of those Focus Areas, which relate back to the District’s budget.   

San Dieguito Water District No Longer in Drought Condition

Due to vastly improved local and statewide water supply conditions, the San Dieguito Water District (District) Board of Directors voted 5-0 to rescind the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Response at the March 22nd District Board Meeting.   During this most recent drought, District customers reduced water use by approximately 20%.  The Board and District staff would like to thank all of our customers for their considerable conservation efforts. For more information on current water use restrictions, please visit our Drought page.

District Modifies Water Rates and Service Charges Effective January 1, 2017

On November 16, 2016, the District Board of Directors confirmed the second phase of the two-year plan for modifying the District’s water rates and meter service charges, originally adopted on January 20, 2016. A 6.5% increase in water rates and service charges is effective with all bills sent on or after January 1, 2017. The District’s current schedule of water rates and service charges can be found here.

Alert! Be Aware of Potential Scam Artists

Incidents of customers receiving phone calls demanding payment for water bills have come to our attention. Please be aware that SDWD does not call customers and demand payment over the phone by asking for a credit card number. Additionally, SDWD employees will not request to enter your home for any reason. Should this happen, contact the Sheriff's Department immediately.

Some customers have received sales calls for water filtration systems with the claim that we have some of the worst water in the nation. Our water meets or exceeds all federally regulated guidelines for water quality.  For more information on water quality please visit our Maintenance and Operations page.

General District Information

The San Dieguito Water District provides potable (drinking) and recycled water to over 38,000 citizens in the communities of Leucadia, Old Encinitas, Cardiff, and portions of New Encinitas. The remainder of the City is served by the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. The San Dieguito Water District is a subsidiary district of the City of Encinitas. The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors of the District.

For potable water, the District receives local runoff water from Lake Hodges and imported raw water from the San Diego County Water Authority. Both sources are treated at the R.E. Badger Filtration Plant located in Rancho Santa Fe. The plant is jointly owned with the Santa Fe Irrigation District. Treated water from the San Diego Water Authority can also be delivered directly to the District.

Recycled water became available within the District in August of 2000. The source of the recycled water is tertiary treated wastewater from the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility located off of Manchester Avenue, just west of Interstate 5. Currently recycled water is used for the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, landscaped traffic medians, homeowner association common areas, and parks.


The District consists of the following divisions: 

Customer Service and Billing
Is responsible for the timely and accurate billing of over 11,600 service connections in the District, while providing exceptional customer service to each and every one of our customers. 

Water Conservation
Administers education, outreach, and incentive programs for our customers to help the District reduce water consumption in an effort to meet the statewide goal of a 20% reduction in consumption by the year 2020. 

Engineering and Planning
Is responsible for administering new water development projects, capital improvement projects, and the recycled water program. 

Maintenance and Operations
Is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and emergency repairs of all aspects of the water distribution system. 

Administration and Finance
Is responsible for the general administration, financial management, and support of the day-to-day operations of the District.

The Real Value of Water

The San Dieguito Water District is committed to delivering safe and reliable water to our customers. By partnering with the Santa Fe Irrigation District on the R.E. Badger Water Filtration Plant, we are able to blend our local water supply from Lake Hodges with imported water from the San Diego County Water Authority, keeping our supply reliability high and our costs low. District customers pay less than a penny for a gallon of water! For a quick overview of how the San Diego County Water Authority keeps the regional supply flowing, watch their video on the value of water:


SDWD Celebrates 90 Years of Service!

On March 18th, 2012, the San Dieguito Water District celebrated 90 years of service to our customers. To commemorate the event, the District created a newsletter and movie detailing the historical evolution of not only the San Dieguito Water District, but the community we proudly serve – the coastal portion of Encinitas. 


Bill O'Donnell, General Manager
P:(760) 633-2650
F:(760) 436-3592

160 Calle Magdalena Encinitas, CA 92024   




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