Water & Drought

One-day-a-week watering begins Sunday in Sacramento

A decorated rain barrel is connected to a downspout in a backyard, where it will capture rainwater for watering garden beds. Rain barrel usage is on the rise around the country, according to gardening and conservation experts.
A decorated rain barrel is connected to a downspout in a backyard, where it will capture rainwater for watering garden beds. Rain barrel usage is on the rise around the country, according to gardening and conservation experts. AP

One-day-a week watering of landscaping starts Sunday in Sacramento.

Residents within the city of Sacramento may only water once a week, instead of twice as it was during the summer months. The winter watering schedule is aimed at saving water during the drought even in the rainy season.

Sacramento city customers used about nine billion gallons of water from June through August this year, down by nearly five billion gallons, or 34 percent, compared with the same period in 2013, according to the latest figures from the State Water Resources Control Board. City customers must cumulatively cut water use by 28 percent from June to February to meet state drought mandates.

A large proportion of residential water used in Sacramento is applied to lawns; reducing outdoor irrigation is one of the quickest ways to significantly cut water use. In the winter, lawn watering is less common and city residents tend to use much less water – so it is harder to achieve big savings compared to prior years.

City rules and tips to save water in the winter:

▪ Residents can choose to water on either Saturday or Sunday, except when it has been raining.

▪ Consider turning off irrigation systems for a week or two after a good rainfall.

▪ Cut watering times in half compared to summer – there’s less evaporation this time of year.

▪ Car washing at home should only happen on the weekend day of choice for watering. A hose nozzle with a shut-off feature is required when washing a vehicle.

The one-day-a-week water limitation is in effect from Nov. 1 to March 12.

Roseville’s change to one-day-a-week watering occurred Oct. 5 and lasts until April. All Roseville water customers can water only on Mondays before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

Related

▪ Sacramento water savings slipped in September

▪ Water-wise tip: Save some rain

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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