Sacramento County Water Agency

 Water Efficiency

Be Wise With Your Water

Despite the lifting of a mandatory conservation standard, and the move to Normal Stage water use,  SCWA remains committed to water conservation and will continue to encourage customers to conserve.   Prior to the recent drought, SCWA programs and conservation activities were intended to help realize voluntary conservation of approximately 10% over time.  SCWA will continue to carryout existing conservation activities and incentive programs (including turf rebates, water efficiency rebates and home water audits) that help customers identify ways to reduce water use and will encourage customers to support conservation with a voluntary 10% goal in mind. 

SCWA Watering Schedule

Ending In


(Trees, Shrubs)

​Permitted Irrigation Time of Day

(0, 2, 4, 6, 8)

​Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

​Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

​ ​All irrigation times are from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

(1, 3, 5, 7, 9)

​Tuesday, Saturday, Thursday

​Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Recycled water users are exempt from this watering schedule

Prohibited Activities

The State Water Board has established that the following activities related to the use of potable water are permanently prohibited:

  • Excess irrigation runoff flowing onto adjacent property, paved surfaces, structures or non-irrigated areas. (Under existing SCWA Normal Stage this is “discouraged” rather than prohibited)

  • Using a hose that is not fitted with an automatic shut-off device when washing a motor vehicle.
  • Application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks.
  • Use of potable water in non-recirculating fountains or other decorative water features.
  • Serving drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.
  • Application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall. (Prior State emergency regulation, now permanent)

  • Irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians. (Prior State emergency regulation, now permanent)
  • Irrigation with potable water outside of new homes and buildings (after June 1, 2015) in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development. (Prior State emergency regulation, now permanent)

  • Hotels and motel operators not providing guests the option to reuse towels and linens. (Prior State emergency regulation, now permanent)

Encouraged Activities

  • Install drought tolerant, low- water use, landscaping.
  • Use high efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances.
  • Only wash full loads when running laundry and dish washing appliances.
  • Use a bucket, rather than a hose, when washing a car.