Serving the Greater

Escondido Valley Since 1954


Escondido Fire Department was awarded a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation that will improve the safety and effectiveness of Escondido Firefighters. The generous donation of $14,888.65 paid for the cost of 91 new wildland firefighting jackets. On Thursday, June 6th the new jackets were showcased at the Firehouse Subs store in Escondido.

An emergency water outage is now occurring for approximately 30 customers in the San Pasqual area.  We are working to restore water service as soon as possible and thank you for your patience and understanding during this unplanned event. 



1:10 pm - The repairs have been made, the system was recharged, and water service has been restored. We really appreciated your patience!


12:50 pm - The leak has been located and repairs are being made. A completion time has not yet been determined.


7:45 am - It has been determined that the pipeline was inadvertently damaged due to the firefighting activities that occurred in the neighborhood.  The location of the leak is still being determined and repair activities were suspended overnight pending "mark-outs" of existing utilities within the easement.  Staff has returned to the site this morning and operations have already begun.  We will be sending several of our crew to each home to deliver drinking water within the next couple of hours.  



3:30 pm - A leak was reported in the San Pasqual area adjacent to the wildfire which began yesterday.  We are currently determining the location of the leak. The approximate duration of the outage has not been determined at this time.





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 Pass-Through of Wholesale Water Rates and Changes


The District’s five-year water rate study, approved by the Board of Directors in June 2015, allows the District to pass-through the full share of any increase or decrease in fees and charges from the District’s imported water wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA).  SDCWA performs modifications to the rates and charges for retail water agencies on January 1 of each year.  These rates and charges include a variable cost per acre-foot (AF) of water purchased from SDCWA, as well as fixed charges to retail water agencies regardless of how much water is purchased.  Effective January 1, 2018, the District is seeing an overall 4.3% increase in the cost per AF of water purchased from SDCWA.    Fixed charges (not including the IAC) are seeing an overall decrease of 2.6%.  The net overall impact of these modifications is a $0.14 increase to each of the District’s water usage rates.

The District also separately passes-through SDCWA’s Infrastructure Access Charge (IAC) every January 1 of each year. The IAC is a fixed charged for access to imported water from SDCWA and is based upon the size of the water meter serving the property. The District’s IAC cost from SDCWA is decreasing by 6.2%.  District customers will notice that the IAC charge on their water bill is decreasing in response to the reduced cost from our wholesaler. 

The new water rates and charge are effective January 1, 2018 and customers will see the impact of these changes on their February 2018 bill, the first full billing after January 1.  For more detailed information on water rates and charges, the District’s current water rate schedule is available here.     

One of the best ways to minimize the impact of the rate increase is to become as efficient as possible with water use. Rincon customers are encouraged to register for WaterSmart, a free tool which allows access to hourly water use data, customized water conservation opportunities, rebate availability, and leak notification. To register, click on the "WaterSmart Portal" link located on the homepage of this website.