Water Conservation

City Declares Stage 2 Water Conservation


At the June 21, 2022 meeting, the City Council declared Stage 2 of the city’s Emergency Water Conservation Plan due to the serious drought and the State Water Resources Control Board’s recent regulations.  Stage 2 requires all users to reduce their water use by up to 20% as compared to their use in 2020.

Here is what Benicia residents and businesses need to know about Stage 2:

  • Waste and unreasonable use is prohibited and may be subject to fines.
  • Everyone is being asked to conserve 10 to 20% of water compared to use in 2020 effective immediately.
  • Businesses are to stop watering “non-functional turf” (i.e. solely ornamental grass that is not regularly used for human recreation) effective immediately.
  • Residents are strongly encouraged to irrigate between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. and adjust irrigation systems to reduce water times
  • Fix all water leaks immediately (you can sign up for leak alerts through your free WaterInsight account)

The easiest way to conserve is to cut back on outdoor watering.  More than half the water used outdoors is wasted.  If you need help resetting your irrigation controller/timer to cut back on watering, visit http://resetyourcontroller.com/ to watch instructional videos, based on the brand of your controller.



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