Officials in the city of Sacramento issued a "Spare the Water Alert" on Thursday due to temperatures forecast to exceed 100 degrees for several days.
The alert calls for voluntary water conservation measures by Sacramento water customers only. Residents and business owners are urged to curtail nonessential water use, such as waiting until after the heat wave to wash cars and to turn off faucets while scrubbing dishes, washing hands and brushing teeth.
Such measures not only reduce customer bills and save energy, but also save the city money and ensure enough water to go around. The alert is in effect through Monday.
"High temperatures are a good reminder of how precious a resources water is and why we need to conserve it," William Granger, Sacramento water conservation administrator, said in a statement.
In addition, residents are reminded that city law allows watering lawns and other landscaping only on alternate days based on address, only before 10 a.m. and after 7 p .m., and never on Mondays. Addresses ending in odd numbers may water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; even-numbered addresses may water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Violators may be fined.
The same schedule applies to washing cars. Hosing off driveways, streets and sidewalks is forbidden.