Drought Information

Water Cricis The City of Fresno Water Conservation Program has been actively promoting activities that lower water demand in the community since about 1981, helping Fresno meet the many challenges of water supply management.

Recently, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a new statewide water conservation policy that imposes a minimum level of restrictions and stronger fines. Because Fresno has been a leader in water conservation, we’re already in compliance with most of those restrictions.

In fact, the City constantly evaluates the need for increased conservation measures and, given the impact of the state water board’s decision and the ongoing challenges we face because of the drought, it’s time to act. As of August 1, 2014, the City of Fresno will move to the Stage 2 water shortage contingency plan approved by City Council.

This is a sensible policy that addresses the need to step up enforcement while limiting the overall impact on our residents and businesses. Our goal is to exceed the Governor’s recommended conservation levels by reducing overall consumption by 25%.

City of Fresno
Stage 2 Water Shortage Contingency Plan

Stage Two Water Use Regulations are summarized as Follows:

  • Limit summer outdoor irrigation to 2 days per week.
    • 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.
  • Winter outdoor irrigation (December 1 – March 1) is prohibited.
  • Watering must occur before 6:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m.
  • NO watering is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.
  • Vehicles may be washed by hand by bucket only (a hose with shut-off nozzle may be used for a quick rinse.)

All other restrictions remain in place from the City of Fresno’s original water conservation policy.

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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, but only on your assigned watering days.

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.