Why include car washing?
It was the council’s idea, said William Granger, Sacramento’s water conservation administrator. “The City Council thought it would be easier for enforcement (to limit car washing to Saturday or Sunday). On March 9, it switches back to the odd/even schedule.”
Sacramento focuses its conservation enforcement on the outdoors, where about 65 percent of residential water is used. Under Stage 2 water restrictions, residents are asked to limit car washing to the same days they’re allowed to water their landscapes. Right now, it’s one day on weekends.
On March 9, residents with odd-numbered addresses will be able to irrigate landscapes and wash cars on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Residents with even-numbered addresses will be restricted to Wednesdays and Sundays.
Initially, the council also mandated that residents use a bucket to wash cars, instead of a hose. But that restriction was modified; hoses are allowed if they’re equipped with a shut-off nozzle.
“Even better, use a commercial carwash,” Granger said. “These businesses recycle their water.”
And commercial carwashes are not restricted to specific “water days”; you can get the car clean whenever you want.