City Issues Spare the Water Alert

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spare_the_water_logoThe Sacramento Utilities Department  on Friday announced a Spare the Water Alert effective through July 3.

Spare the Water Alerts are declared when three consecutive days of 100+ degree temperatures are forecast.

Temperatures are projected to be above 100 degrees through the weekend and into next week and city officials are asking customers to voluntarily cut back on their non-essential water use, only water on their scheduled watering days, and to water lawns before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

“When temperatures reach their peak, the demand for water stretches the City’s treatment and pumping abilities,” said William Granger, the City’s Water Conservation Administrator. “While the City doesn’t expect to have supply issues, the extended stretch of high temperatures can push our equipment to its limit.”

Ways to save water include:

  • Follow the City’s Watering Rules. Water lawns and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and water only on scheduled watering days (odd numbered address on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; even numbered address on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday )
  • No outside irrigation on Mondays
  • Cut back irrigation watering 1-2 minutes per station and save up to 250 gallons of water per cycle
  • Run major appliances with full loads before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. for optimum water and energy savings
  • Wait until the heat wave breaks to wash your cars
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, washing hands or scrubbing dishes

Said Granger, “High temperatures are a good reminder of how precious a resource water is and why we need to conserve it.”

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