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Water Conservation


NOVEMBER 1, 2015 TO MARCH 12, 2016 Watering Days  Watering Times
ALL ADDRESSES Saturday OR Sunday Anytime, but no runoff allowed

  • Beginning November 1, 2015: mandatory one day per week watering schedule, either on Saturday or Sunday (your choice), except when it has been raining.
  • Over-watering, or water running off the sidewalk and into the gutter, is prohibited at all times.
  • Cut your watering times at least in half compared to what you watered in the summer - our shorter days, even when dry, lead to lower evaporation.
  • If you choose to wash your car at home, it is to occur only on your designated watering day and you are required to use a hose nozzle.
  • Consider turning off your irrigation system for at least a week or two, after it rains.
  • The one day per week schedule is in effect between November 1, 2015 and March 12, 2016, unless drought conditions worsen.

Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan for daylight saving time 2016 (march 13 - NOV 6, 2016)

As per City Code, watering times during Daylight Saving Time are two days per week, based on street address. 

Addresses ending in Watering Days  Watering Times
ODD number (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) Tuesday and/or Saturday  Before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
Even number (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) Wednesday and/or Sunday  Before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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

For more information on drought and water conservation, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


Use less water by adjusting your controller for weather at least monthly.  Use this Irrigation Scheduler on your computer, tablet or smart phone to calculate run-times based on current weather in your area.

Drought Busters

If you see watering taking place on the wrong day or time or you see over-watering, please report it to the City by calling 311 or (916) 264-5011. You can also email when and where you saw the water misuse to or report it via the 311 app on your mobile phone.

Gold is the new Green!

You can spruce up your lawn with our new lawn sign telling your neighbors that you are doing your part to help spare Sacramento's water! Pick up a sign today at our Customer Service Offices, 1395 35th Avenue. Hours are Monday- Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Beautiful Landscapes Don’t Always Require Lots of Water

California FucshiaPlants like California Fuchsia are both pretty and water smart! Find the right plants your yard, sunlight and soil!

Find out information about our NEW River-Friendly Landscape Rebate Program.

Sign up for our new River Friendly Green Gardener Landscape Workshop Series!

businesses Team with the City to save water 

We invite your business to partner with the City of Sacramento to remind customers to keep conserving water. Learn more about free materials available.

Free Water Conservation Materials Available to Businesses 

California is experiencing an historic drought, and the State Water Resources Control Board has enacted emergency regulations, including requiring restaurants to serve water upon request and hotels to offer guests the option to reuse towels and linens for multiday stays.

We invite your business to partner with the City of Sacramento to remind customers to keep conserving water.

Check out what restaurants are doing to help save water

The following materials are available  free of charge to City of Sacramento businesses:

Please return your completed forms to or by faxing to (916) 944-4113.

Quantities are limited. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

tools to help save water