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Falling Back And Increasing Permissible Hours For Irrigation

In order to help customers irrigate during daylight hours, effective November 1, 2015 we're rolling back the permitted hours for irrigation. Currently, no irrigation is permitted between the hours of 10 AM until 8 PM. With daylight savings, customers will be allowed to water after 6 PM.

Water Shortage Contingency Plan - Stages of Action

STAGE 2 PLUS - WATER WARNING: Stage 2 Plus is triggered in the event that the District's supply or distribution system will not be able to meet all the water demands of its customers under Stage 2 or by order of the State of California due to emergency drought regulations. In addition to the measures implemented during normal water supply and Stage 2, including a restriction on irrigations to no more 2 days a week, customers are notified of the Stage 2 Plus action stage and a the District's requirement to reduce water usage by 28%. Read More

Governor Brown Issues Executive Order Effective Immediately

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, requiring all Californians to reduce their water usage by 25%, effective immediately. EGWD will be issuing new information as soon as possible. Thank you for your assistance in meeting the challenges of this drought.

Emergency Drought Regulations Update

On March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to extend the drought actions imposed last year (see information below) and to add additional restrictions on water use. The new restrictions for water users are:

  • No irrigation during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Eating and drinking establishments, including restaurants, bars and other public places may only serve drinking water upon request
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens washed daily

What Does 20% Reduction in Water Use Look Like?

The average Sacramento-area resident uses 141 gallons of water per day and most of their water outdoors. Click here for some easy outdoor tips to reduce water use. Find the right combination for you to reduce by 20% or 28 gallons a day.

Video Resources for Water Efficiency

The Regional Water Authority and the California Urban Water Conservation Council have released some great videos to help you learn more about improving water efficiency both indoors and outdoors.

Governor Brown Orders Further Conservation

Message from the General Manager:

On April 25, 2014, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions. This Order says, in part, "Recognizing the tremendous importance of conserving water during this drought, all California residents should refrain from wasting water:

  1. Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other hardscapes.
  2. Turn off fountains and other decorative water features unless recycled or grey water is available.
  3. Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local car washes that use recycled water.
  4. Limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week."

EGWD continues to offer free landscape irrigation audits, which will provide guidance on maintaining your landscape during this difficult period. For more information on landscape irrigation audits, please call Ellen Carlson at 916-685-3556.

To read the Governor's Executive Order, visit: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18495


Turf Conversion

Ready to convert your lawn to a drought-friendly design? The following two documents can help:

Caring for Trees in a Drought

Considering their value, and the time needed to grow to maturity, ensuring the survival of shade trees should be a top priority for landscape professionals. According to local certified arborists, a typical large tree in the Sacramento valley has a replacement value ranging from several to tens of thousands of dollars. During times of drought, landscape retention decisions should be made based on value, risk assessment, and the cost and ease of replacing assets of equivalent size. Click here for more information. (Available in spanish here.)

2015 Water Spots Contest Winners

Check out the winners of the 2015 Water Spots contest and other water conservation videos here.

Conservation Links

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EGWD's Helpful Conservation Links

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