West Sacramento is restricting outdoor watering in response to the state’s historic drought.
The Stage 2 water emergency that went into effect last week bans residents and businesses from washing streets, sidewalks, driveways and buildings. Landscape irrigation that causes runoff is also prohibited, and residents cannot water lawns between noon and 6 p.m.
The mandatory restriction ramps up water-saving efforts after nearly a year of voluntary restrictions that cut residents’ water use by more than 19 percent, said Paulina Benner, West Sacramento Environmental Services manager.
Though not as strict as Sacramento’s twice-a-week outdoor watering requirements, West Sacramento has instituted an odd-even residential watering system. Residents with odd-numbered addresses may water lawns and landscaping Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those with even-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Watering is prohibited Mondays.
Violators will initially receive two written warnings outlining city water codes. The penalty for water users’ third and subsequent violations is five times the amount of the user’s monthly water bill, Benner said.
Benner’s office has launched an outreach campaign on social media, the city’s City iLights online newsletter, face-to-face conversations at community events and direct mailings.
“Since November, residents and businesses have done quite a lot, but the more we save, the more we will have for the future,” Benner said. “We’re doing well, but more has to be done (to conserve water) on a statewide level. We all have to do our part.”