Bakersfield issues mandatory water restrictions

Effective December 14, domestic water system customers in the City of Bakersfield will have to use less water.

The city announced the new restrictions on Monday in response to continuing drought conditions and California Water Service entering Stage 2 of their drought mitigation plan.

The restrictions the City of Bakersfield is implementing are:

  • Prohibit the use of potable water for washing sidewalks, driveways, buildings, structures, patios, parking lots, or other hard-surfaced areas;
  • Require shut-off nozzles on hoses for vehicle washing with potable water;
  • Limit outdoor landscape and turf water usage to three days per week and only after 6 p.m. and before 9 a.m.
    • Odd number addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
    • Even number addresses water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
    • No outdoor watering is permitted on Mondays
    • Highly recommend: Limit outdoor landscape and turf water usage to two days per week (Odd: Tuesdays and Saturdays; Even: Wednesday and Sunday); and
  • Prohibit outdoor water usage during and 48 hours after a rain event resulting in measurable precipitation.

Water-conservation tool kits are available for City of Bakersfield customers.

Water conservation kits include:

  • One (1) hose nozzle;
  • One (1) kitchen faucet aerator (uses 1.5 gallons per minute);
  • Two (2) bathroom faucet aerators (use 1.0 gpm);
  • Two (2) high-efficiency showerheads (use 2.0 gpm);
  • Toilet leak tablets.

The restrictions will continue until further notice.

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One comment

  1. Does an exception exist to allow additional watering days for newly laid sod?
    I plan to lay sod very soon and I remember an exception for new plant/grass in a prior restriction period.

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