The West Sacramento City Council has given City Manager Martin Tuttle authority to declare a stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan in order to reach the mandatory 28% water use reduction required by the State Water Board. As the drought continues, this means increased water restrictions for the City’s residents, businesses and City of West Sacramento government operations.
New regulations under the Stage 3 plan go into effect May 15, 2015. They include:
- Outdoor watering of lawns and ornamental plants limited to one day per week. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Saturdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may only irrigate on Sundays. No watering is permitted Monday through Friday, except in food producing gardens and farms.
- Using potable water to fill or refill swimming pools or artificial ponds or lakes is prohibited. Maintaining water levels in existing pools and ponds is still permissible.
- Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited.
“The City will take the lead protecting essential surfaces in parks and playfields, but non-essential landscaping in these public locations will not be watered,” said City Manager Tuttle. “Residents growing food and urban farmers are advised to use water wisely. By working together we can have healthy gardens, protect our trees and meet the 28 percent goal.”
Current water use restrictions remain in effect:
- The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
- The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle;
- The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
- The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and
- To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.
Under Stage 3, the City of West Sacramento is adding staff to work with businesses and residents to promote water conservation, and asking all city employees to report water use violations.
In addition, the City encourages citizens to report water waste by calling the Water Hotline at 916-617-4545.