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Sacramento's water wasters, watch out

Posted By britneyg in Miscellaneous

Indeed, few Sacramento residents seem to know that, in the decade since the last major statewide drought in the early 1990s, landscape watering is allowed in the capital city only on alternate days.

Odd-numbered addresses, whether home or business, may water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses get Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No one waters Mondays. What's new as of last Friday is that the daytime watering ban has been extended two hours in the morning; it now runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., even on designated watering days.

Also new: Cars can be washed only on designated watering days, and only with a shut-off nozzle.

The biggest change comes this fall. When standard time is in effect, usually November through March, landscape watering will be allowed only once a week: Saturday for odd addresses, Sunday for even. These are permanent changes, not drought-related, and apply only to property owners who pay water bills to the city of Sacramento.

Though much of California is experiencing a third year of drought, the city of Sacramento never declared a water shortage this year or imposed specific drought-related watering limitations. http://www.sacbee.com -

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