New Mandatory Water Restrictions In Effect August 1, 2015
The West Sacramento City Council has given City Manager Martin Tuttle authority to make minor modifications to the stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan.
Regulations under the Stage 3 plan have been modified. The following modified regulations go into effect August 1, 2015:
- Customers must adhere to an odd/even watering schedule. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may use all forms of irrigation only on Saturdays and may use drip irrigation and hand watering of trees, shrubs and containerized plants on Tuesdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may use all forms of irrigation only on Sundays and use drip or hand watering of trees, shrubs and containerized plants on Wednesdays. No spray irrigation is permitted Monday through Friday, except in food producing gardens and farms.
- Using potable water to fill or refill swimming pools or artificial ponds or lakes is permissible, but customers are encouraged to use alternative sources to potable water supplied by the City of West Sacramento and to implement water conserving practices such as using a pool cover.
- Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited unless equipped with a recirculating system.
“The City will take the lead protecting essential surfaces in parks and playfields, but non-essential landscaping in these public locations will not be watered,” said City Manager Tuttle. “Residents growing food and urban farmers are advised to use water wisely. By working together we can have healthy gardens, protect our trees and meet the 28 percent goal.”
Current water use restrictions remain in effect:
- The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
- Do not irrigate between the hours of noon and 6pm, during rainfall or 48 hours after;
- Do not use water to spray down buildings, sidewalks, parking lots or streets;
- Only use a hose fitted with a shut-off nozzle to wash a motor vehicle;
- Drinking water may only be served upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and
- To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.
Under Stage 3, the City of West Sacramento is adding staff to work with businesses and residents to promote water conservation, and asking all city employees to report water use violations.
In addition, the City encourages citizens to report water waste by calling the Water Waste Message Line at 916-617-4545.
To report water waste, please leave a message on the Public Works Department Water Waste Message Line at (916) 617-4545 or submit on-line.
Before you call, and to make efficient use of limited staff, having the following information ready would be very helpful:
Address of water waste. If you do not have an exact address, provide as much location information as possible.
Date and time that you observed the over-watering.
What you actually observed. For example:
Was the water running into the gutter?
Approximately how long had it been running?
Was the over-watering from irrigation, an open hose, a broken sprinkler?
If you have observed over-watering at this location in the past, please provide that information also.
Within a few days, City staff will contact the responsible party by phone, mail or in person to issue a water waste warning, if appropriate.
For more information on water conservation: see Regional Water Authority, www.BeWaterSmart.info