Right of Way

The San Diego County Water Authority maintains 310 miles of pipeline and more than 1,600 related structures and facilities. These facilities are located within the Water Authority's 168 miles of right of way.


A large-diameter pipe in the Water Authority’s aqueduct system undergoing repair.

“Right of way” means land the Water Authority owns or has rights to use this property to operate, maintain, or repair it facilities. Many years ago, most of the Water Authority’s right of way traversed undeveloped and rural land. Today, much of this land is urbanized with homes and businesses adjacent to the Water Authority’s right of way.

Managing the right of way to preserve the Water Authority's ability to quickly access or repair these vital water facilities is an ongoing effort.

The Water Authority’s Right of Way section regularly assists property owners with questions regarding allowable or permittable uses within the Water Authority Right of Ways. Contact a Right of Way representative at (858) 522-6900 for more information.

A Water Authority right of way.