Amid Drought, City Warns Not to Overwater in Hot Weather

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The orange uniforms on employees of Harv’s Carwash in Sacramento heat up quickly.

Drew Dotson says he and his coworkers are taking as many breaks as they can to cool off and get hydrated.

“For the most part we’re trying to stay hydrated, as much water as we can drink, because it does get very hot out here,” Dotson said.

It’s important to drink plenty of water when you’re out in the heat, but keeping vegetation hydrated is tricky. The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is warning homeowners to not over water their lawns, despite the increase in temperatures.

“We still have a two day a week watering schedule. We know it’s tempting when the heat kicks up to move back to the three days, but this year due to the drought we are at a two day watering schedule,” DOU spokesperson Jessica Hess.

From January to May of 2013, the city issued 300 citations for watering violations. In the same span in 2014, the city issued 5,000.

It’s also important to make sure to not water at the wrong times and to save energy when washing dishes and clothes.

“The best time to use those is after 7 p.m.,” Hess said. “When it comes to your irrigation, though, your city watering rules do require you water before 10 (a.m.) and after 7 p.m.”

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