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Mandatory Water Restrictions in Effect!

August 7, 2014

As mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board Emergency Drought Regulations, the West Sacramento City Manager has declared a water shortage emergency, moving the City from voluntary to mandatory compliance with specific outdoor watering restrictions. Please see the attached
press release for more information.

When and How to Report Water Waste

  • We’ve all witnessed water abuse: broken sprinklers flooding a sidewalk, sprinklers spraying on rainy days, hoses left running. With the state of California in its third year of drought the City needs your help in eliminating water waste. Water waste is defined as the following:

    • Causing or permitting excessive water to discharge, flow, or run to waste into any gutter, sanitary sewer, water course, or storm drain, or to any adjacent property, from any tap, hose faucet, pipe, sprinkler, or nozzle. In the case of irrigation, “discharge,” “flow,” or “run to waste” means that the earth intended to be irrigated has been saturated with water to the point that excess water flows over the earth to waste.
    • Allowing water fixtures or heating or cooling devices to leak or discharge excessively.
    • Backwashing so as to discharge to waste from swimming pools, decorative basins or ponds in excess of the frequency necessary to ensure the healthful condition of the water or in excess of that required by standards for professionally administered maintenance or to address structural considerations.
    • Operation of an irrigation system that applies water to an impervious surface or that is in disrepair.
    • Irrigation of landscaping during rainfall.

    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.

    If the issue is related to City property, please call (916) 617-4857. 

    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.rwah2o.org.

    Blue Thumb

    Take the Blue Thumb Pledge!

    Take the Blue Thumb Pledge to Use Water Efficiently
    Earn Prizes!

    Have you earned your Blue Thumb? From stopping runoff to using a shut-off nozzle on hoses, many people have made a personal pledge to use water efficiently and have a beautiful yard or garden to show for it.

    They understand that most water use occurs outdoors, and that's where our greatest opportunity to be efficient occurs. With the Sacramento region's hot, dry climate and long summer season, more than 65 percent of a household's yearly water consumption typically goes toward landscape irrigation. Of that, 30 percent is lost due to overwatering or evaporation.
    The City of West Sacramento is partnering with the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and other water providers throughout the region this spring and summer to encourage customers to earn their Blue Thumb and take the Blue Thumb pledge.
    The Blue Thumb pledge asks you to identify five water conserving actions you're willing to take outdoors, including every-day things like using mulch around trees and plants or quickly repairing broken sprinkler heads. By taking the pledge, you can also earn prizes, while supplies last. Prizes are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis and are mailed on a weekly basis.
    Remember that water is a limited resource that shouldn't be wasted. Join your neighbors and take the Blue Thumb pledge today at BeWaterSmart.info.

    Be Water Smart (RWA)

    The City of West Sacramento along with 20 other water agencies partner with the Regional Water Authority (RWA) for coordination of water awareness and conservation programs.


    Click here to go to the RWA website where you can find tips on irrigation, gardening, indoor/outdoor water conservation tips and contact information.