Oceanside City Water Department
The City of Oceanside Water, under the City Water Utilities Department, provides water for about 176,461 residents living in the Oceanside area. Established in 1888, the City of Oceanside Water collects water from three sources: (1) 51% from imported raw surface water from the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) through Oceanside’s Weese water treatment plant, (2) 36% from treated drinking water purchased directly from the SDCWA blended with water from the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, and (3) 13% from Oceanside’s Mission Basin Desalting Facility (MBDF), which treats brackish groundwater from wells located in the San Luis Rey River valley.
Oceanside Drinking Water Quality
Consumer Confidence Water Quality Reports
Under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA requires Oceanside City Water Department to assess local water quality each year and distribute a Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report.
The information in this report includes the source of your water, whether your water meets EPA standards, detailed tables of detected contaminants, detailed descriptions of those contaminants, possible reasons why they're present, and potential health effects (if any).
Read the Consumer Confidence Report for Oceanside main water system here:
Contact Oceanside City Water Department Customer Service
Have a Question, Issue or Comment?
Main Customer Service
300 N Coast Hwy
760-435-4500 (Mon–Fri, 7:30 AM–5:00 PM)
Emergency (24 hours - broken water main or pipeline, etc.)
Pay Your City of Oceanside Water Bill
Already have an account?
If you already have an account, you just need to login to the City of Oceanside Water site. City of Oceanside Water accepts credit cards, debit, and direct deposit. Click here to login.
Want to create a new account?
You can create a new account on the City of Oceanside Water website. Once you create the account, you can setup payment with credit, debit, or direct deposit. Click here to create an account.
Want to pay without an account?
You can make a one-time payment without creating an account. You will need to have your credit or debit card in order to make the one time payment. Click here to make a one time payment.
How to Start Oceanside City Water Service
Starting Your Service
When you move to a new home in Oceanside, you'll most likely already have running water, but you'll still need to set up water service with the City of Oceanside Water. Luckily, Oceanside City has made it pretty simple with the following online form. Starting service generally takes just two business days.
Stopping Your Service
When you move out of a home in Oceanside, you'll need to stop your water service with the City of Oceanside Water, so you don't keep getting billed. Simply fill out the following online form. Stopping service normally takes just two business days.
News & Resources
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What Is Potable Water? Everything You Need to Know
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How Is Water Quality Defined? What to Know About the Safety of Your Drinking Water
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Reality Check: How Safe Is the Drinking Water from a Public Fountain?
Many of us drink water from public water fountains without giving it a second thought. But are drinking fountains safe? You may be surprised at the results.