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Outdoor Water Conservation

Watering Can

During the dry summer months, outdoor watering often doubles our community's daily average drinking water demand from 10 to 20 million gallons per day. This places an extra strain on the City's drinking water supply. Watering lawns and landscapes accounts for 80-90% of the increase. Nearly half of this water is wasted due to evaporation loss, over-watering and run-off.

For information on collecting rainwater for outdoor use, visit our Rainwater Harvesting page.

Smart Watering

Our climate with moist, mild winters and dry summers allows residents to have a green lawn for most of the year without additional watering. Consider letting your grass go dormant during the summer. Though your lawn will “Go Gold” without added water, it will green up when the rain returns in the fall.

If you choose to water your lawn, remember to follow smart watering recommendations (PDF) and the City’s voluntary outdoor watering schedule (PDF). Signs are seasonally posted to remind residents about the watering schedule.

Odd No Watering
Odd Even

Residents are asked to limit watering to the following schedule to help reduce stress on the City's drinking water supply from June 1 to September 15 annually:

The voluntary watering schedule does not apply to:

Other lawn watering tips:

Water Wise Gardening

More Information

Winterize Your Water System (PDF)

Please contact the Operations Division of the Public Works Department if you would like more information about Water Conservation.

M 8/20/2015

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