Revised Water Use Guidelines Go Into Effect August 1, 2015

The City of West Sacramento is modifying water restrictions due to continued progress in cutting water use throughout the community. Water savings for June reached 40 percent compared to the same time period in 2013, and the city is on track to hit the 40 percent mark for July.hand watering

Starting Saturday, August 1, Stage 3 water conservation rules will be adjusted to allow the use of potable water to fill or refill swimming pools, and water customers will be allowed to hand water trees and use drip irrigation one additional day during the week based on their street address.

The new regulations, authorized by the City Council and City Manager, are outlined below:

  • Customers must adhere to an odd/even watering schedule. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may use all forms of irrigation only on Saturdays and may use drip irrigation and hand watering of trees, shrubs and containerized plants on Tuesdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may use all forms of irrigation only on Sundays and use drip or hand watering of trees, shrubs and containerized plants on Wednesdays. No spray irrigation 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 permissible, but customers are encouraged to use alternative sources to potable water supplied by the City of West Sacramento and to implement water conserving practices such as using a pool cover.
  • Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited unless equipped with a recirculating system.

The following rules remain in effect and are unchanged.

  • No watering between noon-6 p.m.
  • Do not allow yard watering to runoff into gutters and streets.
  • Do not use City water to wash down buildings, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots or streets, unless for health and safety reasons.
  • Do not use a hose to wash a vehicle unless it is fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  • Drinking water at restaurants and bars may only be served upon request.

The State has mandated the City of West Sacramento to reduce water use by an average of 28% compared to 2013. The efforts so far are very encouraging. Keep up the good work!

And if you see water being wasted please call (916) 617-4545 or use the new West Sacramento Connect app

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