Q: Are businesses exempt from water conservation rules? Example: A friend of mine was visiting and I asked why his vehicle was covered with mud. He stated it was because the hotel where he was staying ran their sprinklers every morning and the water runoff was everywhere. – Rita Ullrich, Sacramento
If you see a business watering its landscape on the wrong day or time, or watering wastefully (such that it floods into streets and gutters), you can report this to the appropriate water agency. To find out which agency that is, you can start by noting the address of the business. Then you can use The Bee’s map of area water agencies to find out who provides water to that business. The map can be found at this link: Sacramento Bee water agency map. The Sacramento Regional Water Authority offers a similar map tool.
There may be exceptions, depending on where the business is located. For instance, San Juan Water District officials have said that businesses that are highly dependent on water, such as plant nurseries, may not be required to meet the same conservation rules. On the other hand, some businesses are required to comply with additional rules. Restaurants within the San Juan district, for instance, have been directed not to serve water unless a customer asks.