Self-Certified Conservation Standard

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Due to improved hydrologic conditions in Northern California and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) easing of emergency conservation standards, Carmichael Water District (District) will be moving to Normal Water Supply Conditions under the Water Shortage Contingency Plan.  As the District shifts its focus from emergency water conservation to water efficiency, customers should be aware of the following requirements:


  • Unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are prohibited.
  • No water runoff from property allowed.
  • All water plumbing, fixtures, and heating/cooling devices must not be allowed to leak or discharge. All known leaks must be repaired within seven (7) days or less depending on the severity of the leak.
  • Free flowing hoses are prohibited for any use. All hoses must have an automatic shut-off control nozzle capable of completely shutting off the flow of water.
  • The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks, except as necessary for health or sanitary purposes, is prohibited.
  • Car washing must use bucket and hose with automatic shut-off control nozzle.
  • All pools, spas, decorative or ornamental fountains, ponds and water features must be equipped with a recirculation pump and maintained leak free. Internal and external water leaks must be repaired within seven (7) days or less depending on the severity of the leak.
  • All landscapes shall be watered during cooler morning or evening hours to reduce evaporation and minimize landscape runoff.  No watering allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • No irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • No serving of drinking water other than upon request in food and beverage establishments.


  • Pool covers should be used to minimize evaporation.
  • During summer, outdoor watering three days a week is usually sufficient for typical landscape.
  • Use high efficiency plumbing fixtures and wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.



It is important for you to be aware that the SWRCB sets water use reduction mandates and water right curtailment orders that the District is required to comply with.  The SWRCB has stated that they remain ready to return to stronger conservation mandates if necessary. The District will need to continue to monitor the actions of the SWRCB and comply with requirements moving forward. This could mean that the District would be required to reinstate a higher water shortage stage with addition water use restrictions.  We are all in this together and appreciate the past efforts and continued water use efficiency now and in the future.  The District’s website,, is the best place for up-to-date information on water shortage, drought stage conditions, recommended watering schedules, and water efficiency programs.  In addition you may call our office at (916) 483-2452.


Starting June 1, 2016, a recommended three day a week watering schedule will be in effect: 

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Parks Water Management

carmichael-web-logo-400pxOn July 16, 2015 the Carmichael Recreation and Park District Advisory Board of Directors approved a comprehensive water management plan.

Follow this link to view the presentation


Free Water Efficiency Surveys

Is your home or business water wise?  Find out by scheduling a Water Efficiency Survey with Carmichael Water District.

Our trained water conservation specialists will come to your home or business to check for leaks, offer free water saving devices, and recommend ways to help you save.

Follow this link to learn more






Landscape Tips

slider7Trees and landscapes can become extremely stressed due to record heat and severe drought. Trees are a long-term investment that benefit us in many ways, including shading our homes and reducing energy costs, providing beauty, and more. You should be aware that your tree needs care during the drought to stay alive.

Follow this link for Landscape Survival Tips

Follow this link for tips on how to help your trees survive the drought.