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City Watering SchedulE

Residents and business in the city of Sacramento are required to follow a seasonal schedule when watering landscapes using sprinklers.

Wasting water is not allowed, including water running off properties and onto sidewalks or gutters, or ponding of water.

View the full City of Sacramento watering ordinance

The City offers many tips on how to save water.

From March 1 to October 31: 

  • Customers with even-numbered addresses can water on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Customers with odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Watering must be done before 10 a.m. and/or after 7 p.m.
  • Watering is not allowed 48 hours after one-eighths inch of rain.

From November 1 to February 28: 

  • Watering is allowed one day per week, on Saturday or Sunday, at any time of day.
  • No weekday watering is permitted.

 There are several exemptions to the City's watering schedule:

People can email or call 916-808-5605 to request a variance from landscape watering requirements.


If you see water being misused, watering on the wrong day or time, or over-watering, please report it by calling 311 or 916-264-5011, emailing your report to, going online to our 311 website, or by using the City’s free 311 app on your smartphone.

When reporting information to the City, please be sure to include:

  • Days and times the watering is occurring
  • Address of where the water misuse is taking place
  • Any pattern to the watering, like the frequency it is being watered or for how long the watering is taking place.

VIOLATIONS and fines

Fine for failing to comply with the City’s watering schedule ordinance are listed below.

 Violation  Fine
 First notice of violation  Written notice of violation, no fine is issued
 Second notice of violation (within 365 days)  $25 fine, which can be waived by participating in a  Water Conservation program
 Third notice of violation (within 365 days)
 $100 fine
 Fourth notice violation, and each subsequent notice of violation (within 365 days)    $500 fine