City of Sacramento Orders Reduction in Water Use

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The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to order a mandatory 20 percent reduction in water use amid a bleak weather outlook.

Rain remained elusive as Sacramento experienced record warmth in mid-January.

The city says a failure to heed their demand could result in fines, though a first offense would be a warning.

FOX40 spoke with landscaper Isaac Chavez Tuesday afternoon, who offered suggestions on how to make a dent in your water use.

“One of the ways I tell customers they can set their timers is to water in five minute increments,” Chavez said.

That would be five minutes in the morning, five at noon and five at night – allowing for absorption and no run-off.

Right now for winter, outdoor irrigation is supposed to be limited to once per weekend.

The city’s new restrictions will trim back the more liberal watering schedule usually allowed for daylight saving time and limit home car washes to bucket affairs only.

Chavez recommends getting an audit of your sprinkler system so you can do the most with the least amount of water when you’re allowed to use it.

Ian McDonald contributed to this report.