The drought continues and so do Stage 2 watering rules

Late January showers were a welcome relief, but they didn’t put an end to the ongoing drought. We started 2023 with very dry soil and a hefty rainfall deficit. This means Stage 2 watering rules — and enforcement of them — are still in effect.

As a reminder, under Stage 2, landscape watering with a sprinkler, irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed only from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., one day a week, based on the last number of your street address. You can still hand-water with a hose-end nozzle any time.

SAWS water enforcers are patrolling neighborhoods, including gated communities, and issuing fines — not warnings. So make sure your irrigation system is set to water only on your day between 7 and 11.

And if you were thinking about planting new grass this year, please don’t. This could be another challenging summer for lawns.

Remember to visit for weekly watering advice and landscaping tips to keep your yard thriving — even in drought.