Live in West Sacramento? You can water your lawn once a week. Live in Woodland? You can water your lawn three times a week.
Sacramento-area water agencies recently have put in place a flurry of new outdoor watering restrictions to meet mandatory conservation targets set by the state.
All but two of the region’s 23 large water districts must cut water use by at least 28 percent between June and February compared to 2013 under emergency drought regulations approved by the State Water Resources Control Board in early May.
Lawn watering – or the lack thereof – likely will be the most important factor in whether each community meets its conservation target. Most residential water use in Sacramento occurs during the hot, dry stretch from June through October. And most water used during the summer is applied to lawns.
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All of the region’s water districts have responded by restricting the number of days their residential customers can water landscaping. Many have pledged to fine residents who repeatedly flout the rules. Seventeen local water districts now restrict outdoor watering to two days per week. Two allow it one day a week. Four allow it three days per week.
Several water agencies prohibit water waste, but don’t specify how long customers can run sprinklers on designated days. The San Juan Water District, for instance, calls for using “the minimal amount of water to keep plants and trees alive.” The city of Sacramento says, “no overwatering is permitted on any day.”
This map shows residential lawn watering restrictions for each of the Sacramento region's 23 large water districts. Click a district to see details.
Source: Water agency web sites; interviews with water agency officials | Map data via UC Davis, Regional Water Authority and US Census Bureau
Note: Restrictions shown for Golden State Water Company, El Dorado Irrigation District and California American Water begin June 1.