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Drought Conditions in Sacramento 



Due to continued severe drought conditions through the region and state, a 'Water Alert' is currently in effect for the City of Sacramento.

A Water Alert is the second of six stages in the City’s plan to reduce overall water usage during a water shortage.

How to save water

Residents and businesses can reduce their water use in several ways.

Follow the watering schedule

Update your watering systems to the 2 Day Per Week watering schedule. Residents with even-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday and Sunday. Residents with odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesday and Saturday.

  • Watering is allowed before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Wasting water is not allowed, including water running off properties and onto sidewalks or gutters, or ponding of water.
  • Watering is not allowed 48 hours after one-eighths inch of rain.
  • Landscapes are exempt from watering schedule restrictions after two consecutive days of temperatures that exceed 100 degrees.

Doing your part to save water during the drought is easy! Some of the other ways you can save water this Spring/Summer season can be found on our watering schedule page.

Water conservation rebates

City water customers can save tens, hundreds or thousands of dollars by taking advantage of rebates for:

  • Converting grass to drought-tolerant landscapes
  • Irrigation upgrades
  • Smart controllers
  • Toilet upgrades
  • Faucets and fixtures 

Reduce or change sprinkler timing

Most homeowners use the majority of water on their landscapes. Use shorter watering cycles to prevent runoff and reduce water use.

Fix leaks around the home

Leaky sprinkler heads and water lines can waste large amounts of water. Check your systems while they run to troubleshoot problems. Overwatering properties – which causes runoff into the street or ponding of water – is prohibited in the City.

Get free help from water conservation experts

City water conservation specialists can help you find ways to save water and money at your home and/or property with a free digital "house call."

Learn how to track water usage with your Utilities account

This video guide can help teach you how to log in to your Utilities account and track how much water you're using.

Tree watering (From SacTree Foundation)

Sprinklers don’t water trees deeply enough. Water trees separately using a soaker hose or drip tubing and soak 12 to 18 inches below the soil surface. Add mulch to prevent evaporation and protect roots. Use a moisture meter to check the soil before watering.

What the City is doing

The City is doing several things to reduce its water use, including reducing irrigation for parks and streetscapes and ceasing non-essential water use for City programs.

If dry conditions worsen, additional stages of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan describe increasing levels of water-use reduction that can be activated as directed by City Council.

The City is also reducing the amount of water it takes from the Sacramento and American rivers and relying more on groundwater wells, which will help to reduce the burden on fish ecosystems during periods of warm temperatures and low water flows.

The City last declared drought conditions from 2014 to 2017.


Contact us

Not sure where to start? The City offers appointments with water conservation experts who can help customers with water conservation rebates, fixing leaks and other ways to save water.

Call 3-1-1 or email to schedule an appointment.