Watering Schedule

Drought Stage II

(Effective May 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016)

This conservation phase criteria has been set due to extended periods of drought, associated with warm, dry season and due to lower than average precipitation and runoff.

Contingency Plan: Stage II of the City of Modesto Drought Contingency Plan applies to all City of Modesto water users including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and private wells.

Reduction Objectives

Per Stage II of the Drought Contingency Plan, the reduction objective is 20% - 35% reduction in total water production from the baseline.

Per Executive Order B-37-16, the State Water Resources Board required water providers to calculate an emergency regulation water conservation goal for their customers. In June of 2016, the City established a goal of 25%. For more information on the emergency regulation goal, please review the Urban Water Supplier - Emergency Water Conservation Regulation Report and Executive Order B-37-16

Conservation Requirements

  • Odd-numbered addresses water (Wednesday & Sunday)
  • Even-numbered addresses water (Tuesday & Saturday)
Outdoor water use prohibited daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

No outdoor water use on Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays.


  • Car washing is subject to above-cited limitations with use of a positive shutoff nozzle.
  • Hosing concrete areas, building exteriors, etc.., is prohibited except for health/safety concerns and only with use of a positive shutoff nozzle.
  • Water leaks, once identified by home owner, must be repaired within 24 hours.
  • Restaurants and food service establishments are prohibited from serving water except upon request.
  • New landscaping must comply with existing and future landscape ordinances.
  • Mandatory retrofit of low flow showerheads in homes must be present when building/remodeling occurs.
  • Water meter installation must be present on all new single-family homes.
  • No turf or ornamental landscape irrigation is allowed during (and 48 hours following) measurable rain.
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.
For more information, you can contact the water conservation program at 209-342-2246 or navigate through this website.