New spring watering schedule went into effect March 1. Here’s what you need to know

On March 1, City of Sacramento water customers switched to a spring watering schedule, which allows lawn and plant watering up to two days per week. The new schedule lasts until Oct. 31 and lets residents water their lawns before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m., depending on address numbers.

If an address ends in an even number, watering can happen on Wednesdays and Sundays. If an address end in an odd number, watering can happen on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Staff recommend watering for shorter periods of time to encourage healthier lawns.

“Setting up irrigation controllers to turn on for shorter periods of time encourage roots to grow deeper,” said William Granger, water conversation coordinator for the City. “Cycling the system for 60 to 90 minutes also avoids over-watering which causes runoff and shallow root systems.”

The change offers a few additional options for residential watering beyond the daily restrictions.

Residents can water any day if they’re using hand-watering tools like a hose nozzle or watering can. Drip irrigation systems can also be used without restriction.

Watering is never allowed up to 48 hours after one-eighths inch of rain.

City water customers can visit to learn more.

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