West Sacramento Announces New Water Restrictions to Meet State-Mandated Reductions

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The city of West Sacramento has announced new water restrictions in order to meet the mandatory 28 percent reductions required by the state.

The restrictions will impact residents, businesses and city government operations. They go into effect May 15.

The new restrictions include:

  • Outdoor watering of lawns and ornamental plants limited to one day per week.  Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Saturdays.  Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may only irrigate on Sundays. No watering is permitted Monday through Friday, except in food producing gardens and farms.
  • Using potable water to fill or refill swimming pools or artificial ponds or lakes is prohibited.  Maintaining water levels in existing pools and ponds is still permissible.
  • Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited.

“The City will take the lead protecting essential surfaces in parks and playfields, but non-essential landscaping in these public locations will not be watered,” said City Manager Tuttle.

Existing water restrictions are being continued. They include:

  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.
  • The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
  • The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
  • To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.

The city encourages citizens to report water waste by calling the Water Hotline at 916-617-4545.

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