Water Conservation Improving

The efforts of City staff and West Sacramento residents and businesses have resulted in a citywide water use reduction of 20.68 percent for the period of February 2014 through August 2014, as compared to the same period last year. (This also reflects an improvement over the 19.4 percent decrease for a period ending in July 2014.) City of West Sacramento departments, including Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Fire, reduced water use by 25 percent between February and August this year. Keep up the excellent water conservation!

California’s continuing drought emergency led the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt emergency drought regulations, at the end of July 2014. These regulations prohibit certain water uses and directs cities to implement water shortage contingency plans to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering.

Since Aug. 7, the following restrictions on water use continue to be in effect:

  • 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 p.m. is prohibited.
  • Outdoor watering is 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 ending in an even number may only irrigate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. No irrigation is permitted on Mondays.
  • Washing a motor vehicle using a hose without a shut-off nozzle is prohibed.
  • Using potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature is prohibited unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Using potable 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 regulations includes a series of written notices in compliance with the City Municipal Code and will include penalties for third and subsequent violations of the same type of violation. Information about the City’s Urban Water Management Plan or water conservation in general can be found at www.cityofwestsacramento.org/water. For further assistance, contact Paulina Benner, West Sacramento Environmental Services Manager, (916) 617-4590 or paulinab@cityofwestsacramento.org.

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