The City of Fresno Water Conservation Program has been actively promoting activities that lower water demand in the community since about 1981. Water conservation is the beneficial reduction in water use, waste, and loss. Conservation is the most economical and environmentally protective resource management tool available, helping Fresno meet the many challenges of water supply management.
One of the most valuable water sources is water that is not used – because the more water we use, the more water we must treat and deliver. Power costs also increase as we pump more water; and more water used means higher water and sewer rates. Everyone's conservation efforts are crucial to limiting water and wastewater rate increases.
The City of Fresno Water Conservation Program actively promotes behavior that will lower water demand in the community. Over the past five years, this has resulted in a drop in average daily water usage from 329 gallons per person per day down to less than 250 gallons per person per day!
CITY OF FRESNO WATER CONSERVATION
Water-wise landscape consultation
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Irrigation efficiency audit
Help setting irrigation controllers
Interior/exterior water leak surveys
Meter use information
Public outreach and education
Enforcement of Fresno City Water regulations
Water Conservation Hotlines
To better understand the importance of saving water for our community, click on the following links:
» EPA Water Sense
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CITY OF FRESNO STAGE 2 WATER CONSERVATION PLAN FAQ’s
Q: Why are we going to Stage 2 of the Water Conservation Plan?
A: To help control increasing water consumption and extend our water supply. Fresno has been a leader in water conservation for decades and aggressive conservation is the most economical and environmentally protective resource management tool available, helping Fresno meet the many challenges of water supply management.
Q: Are there any other reasons for the mandatory schedule?
A: Water is a critical issue in the city of Fresno. We are susceptible to drought and reductions or even elimination of our water allotments. The City constantly evaluates the need for increased conservation measures and recently, we’ve become concerned about our available water supply. Proactive water conservation efforts demonstrate our city’s ability to use existing resources responsibly.
Q: What is the watering schedule for twice-weekly watering?
A: ODD numbered addresses (street numbers ending in 1,3,5,7, or 9) should water on Tuesdays and/or Saturdays. EVEN numbered addresses (street numbers ending in 0,2,4,6, or 8) should water on Wednesdays and/or Sundays. There should be no watering on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
Q: What about watering during the winter?
A: Winter irrigation is prohibited in Stage 2 between December 1 and March 1.
Q: Are there any other changes in Stage 2?
A: No. Car washing is still bucket-only with a hose equipped with a nozzle for a quick rinse, and the rest of the Stage 1 water conservation plan remains in effect.
Q: What about the recent announcement by the State Water Board? Will I get a $500 fine if I waste water?
A: The stiff penalties imposed by the state board are only for communities that have ignored the problem and haven’t established water conservation programs like Fresno has. Because Fresno has been a leader in water conservation since the mid 90’s, we’re already in compliance with most of the restrictions announced by the State Water Resources Control Board. Our current system of repeated warnings followed by a $45 fine remains in effect.
Q: How long will we stay in Stage 2?
A: They’re in effect, year-round, until further notice.
Q: Can I use drip irrigation, a soaker hose or hand water?
A: Yes, these more efficient watering methods are allowed.
Q: How can I get more information on conserving water?
A: Additional information is available on the City’s website HERE. Specific information about the Stage 2 water conservation plan can be found at fresno.gov/drought.