For quite some time, the City of Exeter has promoted voluntary water conservation measures and has encouraged all Exeter consumers - residential, business and commercial/industrial classifications served by the City's water system – to help spread and balance peak water demands. Voluntary compliance has helped to ensure an adequate water supply and pressure for the entire City's needs, including fire protection.
Due to the increasing severity of the prolonged drought in California, the State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an emergency regulation that will require ALL urban water providers to limit their customers to watering no more than two times per week. The Exeter City Council is reviewing this regulation and is expected to adopt an Urgency Ordinance to comply with this State regulation. Watch for more developments on this issue.
CURRENT Voluntary Watering Guidelines:
Residents are asked to limit watering to the following schedule to help reduce stress on the City's drinking water supply from June 1st to September 30th annually:
- Odd numbered street addresses water only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and/or Sundays.
- Even numbered street addresses water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays.
- No outdoor watering on Mondays to allow the City's system to recharge.
- This program also encourages all customers to turn off their sprinklers on rainy days.
- No watering between 10AM and 8PM
The voluntary watering schedule does not apply to:
- Drip irrigation systems
- Handheld watering methods with automatic shutoff mechanism
- Flower and vegetable gardens
- Outdoor potted plants and hanging baskets
- Newly planted lawns
Other lawn watering tips:
- The average lawn requires only one inch of water per week to stay green. Overwatering doesn't improve your lawn's health and results in runoff and water waste. Place a series of shallow containers throughout your lawn. Turn the sprinklers on and water your grass. When you're finished, measure the water in the containers. Adjust the time until the water is about one inch deep.
- Regularly check and adjust your sprinklers to ensure you're only watering your lawn and not the sidewalk and pavement.
- In order to reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation, the best time to water your lawn is in the early morning hours. No watering between 10AM and 8PM.
- Mow your lawn with blades set high; grass that is 2"-3" tall promotes a healthier root system and helps retain soil moisture.
- Consider replacing lawn with native plants to use less water, fewer chemicals, and eliminate mowing.
- Use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons a year.
Other household watering tips:
- Spend only 5 minutes in the shower to save up to 8 gallons each time.
- Turn off the water faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving to save up to 2.5 gallons per minute.
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes to save up to 50 gallons per week.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Fix household leaks promptly to save up to 20 gallons per day.
- Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom instead of a hose to save up to 150 gallons each time.
- Wash your car with a bucket, sponge, and a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Use car washes that recycle water
Water is essential to our everyday lives and our supplies are limited, so please use water wisely and do your part in reducing water use inside and outside your home. By each of us following these guidelines and changing our water-use habits, we can save thousands of gallons of water.
Should you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Public Works Department at 592-3318.
Your participation and cooperation are greatly appreciated!