The city of Roseville is restricting outdoor watering to two days a week - for the first time in its history.
Residential customers can now only water on Mondays and Fridays. Commercial customers must only water on Mondays and Thursdays.
The city conserved water by nearly 20 percent last year, but the State Water Resources Control Board has mandated a 28 percent reduction this year.
"I think our customers were doing the right things," says Roseville water efficiency administrator Lisa Brown. "But we had to respond to the state board actions, so we did implement watering days. So we’ll have to see what that turns out like for Roseville – we’ve never implemented anything like that before."
New requirements also include the draining of decorative pools and fountains and the covering of new pools and spas. Any new landscaping must be drought-tolerant and use drip irrigation.
Roseville joins Folsom and West Sacramento in implementing harsher water restrictions to meet state mandates. The city of Sacramento says it does not plan any new rules - and can meet its new water mandate through increased education and enforcement efforts.