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Water Conservation Codes

Important Note: During a declared Water Shortage, City Council may adopt rules that are different that stated in the City’s code as per Sacramento City Code § 13.04.910.

Stage 2 Water Shortage

On January 14, 2014 Sacramento City Council adopted a Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency plan which limited outdoor watering.

  • Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) are permitted to water on Tuesdays and Saturdays ONLY, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) are permitted to water on Wednesdays and Sundays ONLY, before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • No watering is permitted on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Overwatering is prohibited.
  • Car washing is allowed on your watering day and hoses are required to have an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Fines for violation of the City’s water conservation codes are doubled during the declared Water Shortage.

The City’s Water Conservation Code is Sacramento City Code § 13.04 Article XI

Water Conservation Ordinance (effective December 9, 2009)

  • Residents and Businesses may water and wash vehicles on either Saturday or Sunday at their discretion during winter months (after daylight savings time ends).
  • During dry months (beginning when daylight savings time begins), residents and businesses are restricted to watering before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Residents or Businesses that utilize drip irrigation are exempt from watering restrictions during winter and dry month watering schedules.
  • Residents and Businesses may only utilize the "Water Conservation Education Workshop" to waive a fine every 24 months.
  • Owners of properties will be responsible for violations, whether or not they or their tenant committed a violation.