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Watering Requirements

Download a PDF summary of the Watering Regulations or access the Water Conservation Ordinance here.

Para información en Espaoñol clic Las Regulaciones de Agua.

Please report waste of water violations to: 713-4531. Reports may remain anonymous. However, you must provide the violation location, day and approximate time of the violation, and a brief description of what activity was observed.

All outdoor landscape irrigation is limited to the following days, times, and durations:

Odd = addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9)
Even = addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) 

March through November

  • Even addresses water on Wednesday and Sunday
  • Odd addresses water on Tuesday and Saturday

January, February and December

  • Watering is not permitted on any day.  Car washing is allowed with a hand-held bucket and/or hose with a shut-off nozzle. Runoff is prohibited.

Watering Times and Duration

  • Water before 8:00 am or after 6:00 pm on designated watering day.  Two or more short cycles are recommended.
  • Runoff is prohibited.
  • Rain – Irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.  Measurable rainfall is defined as 1/4 inch or more as measured at the Visalia Airport.        

Exceptions to Watering Schedule

  • Hand watering of shrubs, trees or vegetables is allowed with a watering can or attended hose with shut-off nozzle. Does not apply to lawns.
  • Drip irrigation allowed any day but must follow time restrictions.  Drip irrigation means non-spray low-volume irrigation with no emitter greater than 4 gallons per hour.
  • Supervised testing or repairing of irrigation system is allowed with official City of Visalia sign (available by clicking on Irrigation Test & Repair Yard Sign ). Sign must be visible while area remains wet.
  • A 21-day new plant establishment exception is allowed by permit. Does not apply to installation of new or replanted turf or annual plants unless the new or rehabilitated landscape project has been approved by the Community Development Department in accordance with the State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.
  • Other Provisions and Restrictions
  • Washing of sidewalks, driveways, or other paved areas is prohibited, unless it is necessary for the health and safety of the public; use of a low-flow high-pressure washer is required. Runoff is prohibited.
  • Washing of buildings is prohibited unless preparing the building for sale or painting; use of a low-flow high-pressure washer is required. Runoff is prohibited.
  • Overseeding of lawns is prohibited.
  • Filling or re-filling ornamental lakes or ponds is prohibited, except to the extent needed to sustain aquatic life.
  • Outdoor misters and temporary water slides are prohibited.
  • Draining of swimming pools is limited to once every 3 years (with specific exceptions) by permit only. Apply by calling 713-4531 or by clicking on Pool-Draining-Permit.
  • Leaks must be repaired within 48 hours of discovery.
  • Ornamental fountains must use a water recycling system. 
  • Car washing is only allowed with a hand-held bucket and/or a hand-held hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle. Runoff is prohibited. 


Non-compliance of the City of Visalia Water Conservation Ordinance will result in one written warning from the City of Visalia before the issuance of a citation. A second violation within a 12 month period will result in issuance of a citation with a fine of $125.00; a second citation will result in a fine of $250.00 and a third or more citations fines of $625.00. Willful and egregious violations such as draining a pool without a permit will result in issuance of a citation without a warning. Each day that a violation continues, shall be regarded as a new and separate offense.

For more information about the City of Visalia Water Conservation Ordinance please call 713-4531. Thank you for your efforts in helping to preserve our most precious resource . . . water.

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