Sacramento's water cops have been out in force, issuing more than 350 citations in the past week.

The City of Sacramento noticed a spike in water use on Thursday and Friday last week -- both days are no watering days in Sacramento.

So water enforcement officers shifted their hours, working both earlier and later in the day.

The hundreds of citations that were issued were first notices, simply written warnings, with an explanation of the city's water rules and water conservation codes. 

The second notice of violation is a $50 fine, with further violations resulting in fines of $200, $1,000 for each subsequent fine. 

Here are the city's watering rules:

  • Properties with addresses ending in ODD numbers (1,3,5,7,9) may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Properties with addresses ending in EVEN numbers (0,2,4,6,8) may water on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Watering must take place before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on scheduled watering days.
  • No watering is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.
  • No over-watering is permitted. 

The Department of Utilities plans to continue its increased enforcement efforts on Thursdays ans Fridays, targeting the areas with the greatest number of water misuse calls. 

You can report water misuse by calling 3-1-1 and stating where they see over watering or watering on the wrong days and times.