April 23, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Bakersfield City Council passed an emergency ordinance placing limits on outdoor water consumption. The intent of the ordinance is to reduce household water consumption in the City of Bakersfield in anticipation of the State of California requirements to reduce urban, statewide, water consumption by more than 30% in May of 2015. The City of Bakersfield ordinance takes effect at 12:01 A.M. Wednesday, April 23, 2015. Following is a summary of the action taken:
- Residential landscape irrigation (homes, duplexes, triplexes, apartments, etc.) is limited to three (3) times per week.
- Even numbered street addresses may irrigate landscapes on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Odd numbered street addresses may irrigate landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
- No landscape irrigation is allowed on Mondays.
- The ordinance advises that landscape irrigation is to be conducted after 6:00 P.M. and before 9:00 A.M. to reduce evaporative loss.
- The ordinance prohibits any landscape irrigation that causes water to run off onto sidewalks, streets, or adjacent properties.
- The City of Bakersfield Ordinance does not apply to commercial, industrial, or institutional properties (i.e.; places of business, factories, hospitals, cemeteries, schools, colleges, and universities). However, these properties must take steps to cut water usage to meet any, and all, State of California water conservation targets.
It is expected that the future State of California rules, regulations, and ordinances (expected in May 2015) will order, or direct, further reductions in urban outdoor water consumption.