Contra Costa Watering Information

What Time of Day Should I Water?

In Contra Costa County, we recommend watering between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. Watering within this window of time takes advantage of relatively low winds and less loss of water to evaporation.

How Long Should I Water?

Generally, running an irrigation system on a lawn for more than five minutes will result in runoff. Precise watering times vary depending on the type of watering device, soil, slope and plants.

How Often Should I Water?

Water in the early morning hours between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. as follows:

Lawn Watering Schedule:

SUMMER
NO MORE THAN
3 TIMES PER WEEK
FALL
NO MORE THAN
4 TIMES PER WEEK
SPRING
NO MORE THAN
2 TIMES PER WEEK
WINTER
NO AUTOMATIC WATERING NEEDED

For a month by month schedule go to Sample Irrigation Schedules.

Shrubs generally need half the water as a lawn for shrub watering schedule see Sample Irrigation Schedules.

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