West Sacramento Drought Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common FAQs regarding water restrictions in the City of West Sacramento:

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  • Does the city offer a “Cash for Grass” program? The city does not currently offer a rebate for converting turf areas to drought tolerant landscaping due to budget constraints.  The State Department of Water Resources has been tasked by the Governor to implement a state-wide turf conversion rebate program, for which West Sacramento customers may be eligible. DWR is expected to release the program in later July/early August.  Staff is tracking this option and has also applied for a grant to fund a city managed program.
  • What are the current stage 3 restrictions? Watering of lawns and shrubs is limited to one day per week. Odd numbered street addresses may water on Saturday. Even numbers may water on Sunday. No watering between noon-6 p.m. No watering permitted Monday-Friday, except in food producing gardens and farms. Do not allow yard watering to runoff into gutters and streets. Do not use a hose to wash a vehicle unless it is fitted with a shut-off nozzle. Potable water may not be used for filling or refilling empty pools or ponds.
  • Can my home or business receive an exemption and water more than one day per week or water on a weekday instead of the weekend? Other than for watering food producing trees and plants, there aren’t any exceptions to the one day per week watering schedule.
  • How can I report water waste? Call the City’s Water Waste line at (916) 617-4545 or use the new West Sacramento Connect app.
  • Why do the City Parks and Schools water during the week? City parks and schools are watering on alternative schedules due to the amount of acreage and heavy use of athletic fields and parks on weekends. The parks and streetscapes will be watered on weekdays when staff is present to respond to issues and to relieve pressure from the municipal water supply on weekends.
  • Are there penalties for water waste? There are penalties for violations of the City’s water conservation Municipal Code Section 13.04.770 to 13.04.790 and for violations of the City’s Stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

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  • When will the all of the residents have water meters? The water meter installation program is in full swing with anticipation of having meters installed at every water service by 2018 or sooner.  The City is systematically installing meters in every neighborhood.  The attached map shows the installation schedule by year.  The City is also working to upgrade residential services that already have an existing meter with a radio read transceiver that allows the city to gather water use data in real time and provide this information to customers. This information is very useful in the current drought conditions to help determine if there are leaks in the system and provide the customer with actual water usage.
  •  I have a meter, but still pay flat rate. When will I start paying a metered rate for the water I use? Customers who have an existing meter may call the City’s Utility Billing Division at (916) 617-4589 to inquire about switching to metered rate.  The City has also begun actively implementing the requirements in the Water Service Charges Book of Fees that requires all parcels and accounts that change ownership, and all new accounts, to convert from flat rate to metered water rates where a meter exists for the parcel or account. In addition, beginning in July, City utility bills will include usage data for the respective billing month for 2013, 2014 and 2015.  This information may help rate payers better understand their water use patterns and if necessary, inspire changes in water consumption.  Homes without meters will indicate that data is unavailable.
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State Awards Smart Growth Funding To West Sacramento

The state has awarded the City of West Sacramento $6.7 million in affordable housing and infrastructure construction funds to jump start new office, retail and residential mixed use development in the Bridge and Washington districts. It is the state’s fifth largest cap-and-trade award.

West Gateway Place

West Gateway Place

Funding will assist in the development of 77 units of affordable housing in the Bridge District’s West Gateway Place (formerly Delta Lane) and provide transportation and infill development, including a new multi-modal roadway, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the City’s Grand Gateway and Washington District.

“This investment in the Grand Gateway as a hub bringing together our downtown, the Bridge District, and the Washington District, is an exemplary model for how affordable, sustainable, connected urban development is a powerfully smart investment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “We’re thankful for the state’s decision and ready to get to work, and we’ll break ground on the first phase in just 45 days from now.”

The City’s riverfront plans embrace smart growth principals including urban street cars, mixed uses, affordable housing and continuous bicycle and pedestrian paths along both sides and across the Sacramento River. In addition to housing and recreation trails, the Bridge District features Raley Field and Tower Bridge Gateway.

The Washington District is a 194-acre area, likewise located on the West Sacramento riverfront corridor within a mile of downtown Sacramento.  Revitalization plans feature 3,300 residences, 2.4 million square feet of commercial office and 350,000 square feet of retail. The Washington neighborhood also received a U.S. Housing and Urban Development “Sustainable Community” designation in 2011 that funded City planning efforts.

The smart growth funding is part of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The award was announced by the California Strategic Growth Council, which provides grants and loans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by supporting compact, infill development patterns, encouraging active transportation and transit usage, and protecting agricultural land from sprawl development.

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Start the Fourth of July Weekend at The West Sacramento Farmers Market

West Sacramento Farmers MarketBefore Saturday’s Fourth of July, get started on your holiday fruits and veggies. Shop at the West Sacramento Farmers Market, Thursday, July 2, 4:30 p.m.-dusk! There will be a Kids Zone, with free face-painting, a bounce house, and a children’s cooking demonstration. Oh yes, the Musical Robots are back!

The Market welcomes 5th and C Farms, with melons, tomatoes and herbs, Aoyama Farms, with stone fruit, oranges, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant, and La Chiquita Farm with strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, tomatoes and corn. These are just a few of the great local farms at the West Sacramento Farmers Market, on 1110 West Capitol Avenue, every Thursday through summer.

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Learn How to Turn Your Yard Into a Drought Friendly Landscape

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The City of West Sacramento is hosting a WaterSmart Landscape Workshop on Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

  •  Identify the right plants and best placement
  •  Convert or upgrade sprinkler systems
  •  Properly place emitters to protect your investment

Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 22, 5 p.m. Sign up here:  WaterSmart Landscape Workshops

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Connect With West Sacramento Through New App


Starting tomorrow, July 1st, it will become much easier to connect with the City of West Sacramento. Got a pothole to report or a question about local services? West Sacramento Connect can help. Never wait in line, never sit on hold. West Sacramento Connect makes your city available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Download the West Sacramento Connect app here.

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West Sacramento Joins AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities


City Council Member Mark Johannessen, Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

City Council Member Mark Johannessen, Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

The City of West Sacramento has been certified as an Age-Friendly Community. The program encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.“The heart of our strategy in West Sacramento is being a city which you can enjoy comfortably and vibrantly at every stage of life,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, “so we’re proud to be a catalyst as the first city in the region to enlist in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. We look forward to this exciting collaboration with AARP and other cities to assure that our town is age-friendly by design.”

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization, helps participating cities and towns become great places to live by adopting such features as walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.

“Well-designed and livable communities help sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages,” said AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson. “By joining in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Mayor Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento are making a commitment to create a city that is an even greater place to live for people of all ages.”

Cities that join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to a five-year program designed to improve their age-friendliness based upon the World Health Organization’s “8 Domains of Livability:”

  1. Outdoor spaces and buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Social participation
  5. Respect and social inclusion
  6. Civic participation and employment
  7. Communication and information
  8. Community support and health services

Detailed information on the program, including components and timelines, can be found at www.aarp.org/livable-communities.

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Ride, White & Blue Fourth of July Bike Parade

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Join the City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department for the first Ride, White, & Blue Fourth of July Bike Parade. This is a free event and all riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes with red, white & blue stars, streamers, and ws July4thmap_1other July 4th decorations.

The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. and takes place on the Clarksburg Branch Lines Trail starting at Locks Drive and ending at the Rec Center pool.

Prizes will be awarded for best bike decorations, donated by Cute N Classy Children’s Shoppe! The first 55 kids registered will get free admission for Rec Swim (1 – 5 pm). Registration is available at www.westsacfun.org  by clicking on the blue “Register Online” button.

Thanks for the generous support of our sponsors Yolo Federal Credit Union and Mid Valley Funding & Investments, Inc.

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Cinema @ Sundown, While You Swim at the Rec Pool

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Movie night at the Recreation Center. Who said the Rec can’t look like a beach resort!!

Beat the heat and join us for a special night with a movie by the pool this Thursday June 25, 2015! Bring your swimsuits or a blanket and sit out on the grass. Swimming will continue through the end of the movie. All ages welcome to this event. Non-swimmers and children 7 and younger must be within arm’s reach of an adult 18+ at all times. You can pay at the door, pre-registration is not required.

Date: Thursday: 6/25/2015-Back to the Future

2nd showing Thursday: 8/6/2015-TBD

Time: Movie begins at dark-around 8:30 pm

Location: Rec Center Aquatic Facility, 2801 Jefferson Blvd

Fee: $5 for pass holders

$8 for non-pass holders



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Safe and Sane Fireworks Stand Locations in West Sacramento

Fireworks stand in Wicked West Pizza parking lot

Fireworks stand in Wicked West Pizza parking lot

The City of West Sacramento has designated eight locations where Safe and Sanefireworks can be purchased for the 4th of July.

As outlined in the West Sacramento Fireworks Ordinance, Safe and Sane fireworks can be sold starting at noon on June 28, 2015 through July 4.

According to the West Sacramento Fire Department, use of Safe and Sane fireworks has significantly limited the                                                                                                 number of fireworks related incidents                                                                                                       over the past four years.

Non-profit groups operate the fireworks stands to                                                                              raise money for their organizations.

Fireworks Stand Locations:

Boosters for International Gymnastics
Arteaga’s Supermarket parking lot
940 Sacramento Avenue

Holy Cross Academy
Wal-Mart parking lot
755 Riverpoint Court

God’s Chosen Vessel Ministry, Inc.
Whitey’s Jolly Kone parking lot
1300 Jefferson Blvd

Our Lady of Grace School
Papa Murphy’s parking lot
2455 Jefferson Blvd

River City Jr. Raiders
Safeway parking lot
1298 West Capitol Avenue

Out of the Box Ministries
Nugget parking lot
2000-2005 Town Center Plaza

Campus Life Connection/Collings Teen Center
Raley’s parking lot
1601 West Capitol Avenue

West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project
Wicked West Pizza parking lot
3150 Jefferson Blvd

If you aren’t shooting off your own fireworks, you can catch the big show at Raley Field: Fourth on the Field.

Note: Possession of “Dangerous Fireworks” (those not approved as Safe and Sane by the state Fire Marshal’s office) are a violation of the California Penal Code and Health and Safety Code, subject to felony violations. Community members wishing to turn in fireworks for disposal may contact the West Sacramento Police Department’s non-emergency phone, (916) 372-3375 or bring them to a West Sacramento Fire Station.

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Farmers Market And New Farm Stand

Learn how greywater systems and rain barrels can help you save water during the drought at the Farmers Market this evening. Master Gardeners will be on stage with these drought tips and more. Plus the usual assortment of fresh fruit and vegatables will be on sale from local farmers! The Farmers Market operates from 4:30 p.m.-dusk on Thursdays in front of City Hall on West Capitol Avenue.West Sacramento Farm Stand 5th and F

And on Friday June 19, you’re invited to the grand opening for the new location of West Sacramento’s Urban Farm Stand at the corner of 5th and F Street.

Several farmers will be selling their produce from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a Yolo Brewing Company beer while you shop. Beer garden every 3rd Friday!


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