The City of Sacramento has announced the first Spare the Water Alert of the year.

Customers are being asked to cut back on their non-essential water use, to only use water on their scheduled watering days and to water only before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m. 

"It is especially important to use water wisely during the drought and on these hot days as statewide water supplies are short, river levels are low, and operational costs are higher. While the City doesn’t expect to have supply issues, the extended stretch of high temperatures can push our equipment to its limit. Drought and high temperatures are a good reminder of how precious a resource water is and why we need to conserve it," said William Granger, the City's Water Conservation Administrator in a press release. 

Spare the Water alerts are declared when three consecutive days of 100-plus temperatures are forecasted. Temperatures are expected at-or-above 100 degrees into next week.

The alert is effective through Monday. 

Suggested ways that customers can save water on Spare the Water Days and every day, especially during the drought:

· Follow the City’s Watering Rules. Water lawns and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and water only on scheduled watering days: odd numbered address on Tuesday and Saturday even numbered address on Wednesday and Sunday

· No outside irrigation is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.

· Cutting back irrigation watering 1-2 minutes per station can save up to 250 gallons of water per cycle

· Run major appliances with full loads before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. for optimum water and energy savings

· Wait until the heat wave breaks to wash your cars or visit a commercial carwash that recycles water

· Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, washing hands or scrubbing dishes

· For more information on ways to save water, visit