Spring-Summer watering rules effective March 13

When you reset your clocks this Sunday, don’t forget to reset your sprinkler timers to comply with the City’s watering rules. Effective March 13, Sacramento water users can water two days per week this spring and summer through November 6, 2016.

However, as it continues to rain, City Utilities customers are reminded to water with the weather in mind. Even a very wet El Niño season may not make up all the water we need to bring us out of a drought. The cooler weather brings with it a great opportunity to save water – turn off sprinklers when rain is in the forecast.


City residents did an outstanding job conserving water in 2015 during this severe drought.  A huge reason is the willingness to reduce landscape watering, which can make a big dent in overall household water use.

“It’s important to know your watering days.  Most water use comes from landscape irrigation.  There are many ways to save water at home, including shorter showers, water efficient fixtures and appliances,” said Bill Busath, Director of the Department of Utilities. “However, reducing landscape irrigation can make the biggest difference of all.”

Watering days:

Before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

Addresses ending with an ODD number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may water on Tuesday and/or Saturday

Addresses ending with an EVEN number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) may water on Wednesday and/or Sunday

No watering OR car washing is permitted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Other tips to help customers save water include:

  • Turn off sprinklers when rain is in the forecast.
  • Use a broom or rake to move leaves off of sidewalks, driveways, and streets.
  • Call 311 to report water misuse or for more information about free water wise services and rebates.

More information about ways to save water can be found at www.SpareSacWater.org.

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