Mandatory Water Restriction in Effect

Since November 2013, the City of West Sacramento has requested that all water customers voluntarily comply with a 20 percent reduction in water use and with water conservation measures outlined in the City’s Urban Water Management Plan, Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency.

Residents responded with merit by effectively reducing water use by 19.4 percent. However, the State continues to experience an extreme drought emergency. Therefore, further action is required on the part of all Californians.

As a result, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency drought regulations which became effective July 28, 2014. These regulations prohibit certain water uses and direct the cities, including the City of West Sacramento, to implement a water shortage contingency plan that imposes mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering.

As required by State regulation, and as authorized by the City’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) Water Shortage Contingency, the City is declaring a water shortage emergency Stage 2 for the City of West Sacramento.  Thus activating the following restrictions on water use effective August 7, 2014 and until further notice:

  • Using potable (drinkable) water for washing sidewalks and driveways is prohibited.
  • Using potable water for washing streets and parking lots is prohibited.
  • Using potable water to wash down buildings or to cool building roofs is prohibited.
  • Watering of lawns or landscaping between noon and 6:00 p.m. is prohibited.
  • Outdoor watering limited to an odd/even schedule. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may only irrigate on Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays.  No irrigation is permitted on Mondays.
  • Washing a motor vehicle using a hose without a shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
  • Using drinkable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature is prohibited unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Using drinking water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited.

Enforcement of these prohibitions will include a series of written notices in compliance with City Municipal Code and will include penalties for third and subsequent violations of the same type of violation.

Additional information about the UWMP or water conservation in general may be found at

Paulina Benner
West Sacramento Environmental Services Manager
(916) 617-4590

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