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Welcome to Water Conservation!

We are here to help you use water wisely, which can help to preserve our limited water resources!

When is my watering day?

Starting March 9, 2014, the City begins its spring.summer watering schedules. Due to the drought, those schedules have been reduced to two days per week. Please turn off sprinklers when it is raining and leave them off for several days following rainy days.

Watering days are based on street address.

  • Customers with addresses ending in ODD numbers (1,3,5,7,9) may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Customers with addresses ending in EVEN numbers (0,2,4,6,8) may water on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • No watering is allowed on Monday, Thursdays or Fridays.
  • Watering must take place before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on your scheduled watering day.
  • Excessive run-off is prohibited at all times.
  • Car washing is only permitted with on your watering day and hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.

Sacramento adopts a Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan

Conservation measures in response to a dry winter

On Tuesday, January 14, the Sacramento City Council adopted a Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan . This will include:

  • 20-30 percent water use reduction by customers;
  • Car washing can be done on watering days with a hose equipped with an auto-shutoff nozzle.
  • Increased enforcement of the Water Conservation Ordinance;
  • Doubling fines for outdoor water waste violations.
  • Reduced watering to 2 days per week based on address, times limited to before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.;
  • Prohibit public use of water not necessarily for health and safety; and
  • Limited water main flushing.

What does a 20% water use reduction look like?

The average Sacramento family uses 417 gallons of water per day. Here are some ways to help your family reduce their water use. Find the best methods for your family to achieve 84 gallons in savings!

Doing This

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Install aerators on bathroom faucets

1.2 gallons per person/day

Install efficient, Water Sense-labeled shower heads

1 gallon per minute (or 10 gallons per average 10- minute shower)

Wash only full loads of clothes

15-45 gallons per load

Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving

Approximately 10 gallons per day

Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers

12.5 gallons with a water efficient showerhead (2.5 gallons per minute)

Fix leaky toilets

30-50 gallons per day per toilet

Install a high-efficiency Water Sense-labeled toilet (1.28 gallons per flush)

19 gallons per person/day

The City of Sacramento offers free water saving devices with a Water Wise House Call and rebates on toilets and high-efficiency washing machines.

Looking for ways to green up your yard and limit your turf?

California Fuchsia

Plants like California Fuchsia are both pretty and water smart! Find the right plants for your yard, sunlight and soil.

Did you know...
Most water use - and water waste - occurs outdoors?

WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE (effective December 9, 2009)

Residents and Businesses may water and wash vehicles on either Saturday or Sunday at their discretion during winter months (after daylight savings time ends).

During dry months (beginning when daylight savings time begins), residents and businesses are restricted to watering before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

Residents or Businesses that utilize drip irrigation are exempt from watering restrictions during winter and dry month watering schedules.

Residents and Businesses may only utilize the "Water Conservation Education Workshop" to waive a fine every 24 months.

Owners of properties will be responsible for violations, whether or not they or their tenant committed a violation.

Take Action

California is facing severe water challenges, including the effects of a third dry year in a row. Our water use impacts the environment around us, including the health of the Sacramento and American rivers.

The good news is that we can make a big impact in the amount of water we use every day just by making simple changes to the way we use water at home.

You can also consider replacing high water-using appliances, such as toilets and washing machines to help limit your water use. The City of Sacramento offers rebates that help to defray the costs of these new appliances!

Also, join us for a FREE Water Conservation Workshop or become a Water Conservation Ambassador

Need More Information?

Contact the Water Conservation Team by calling 311 or (916) 264-5011.

Spare the Water SACRAMENTO

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