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Watering Schedule Changes Take Effect For Riverbank

Turns out, back at the beginning of the month, residents who turned their clocks back an hour to catch up with daylight standard time also should have reset their watering systems for one less day each week.

Of course, the prospect of rolling back the watering schedules has been lurking in the shadows since spring occurred, with longer days, more sunshine, and the need for more water on gardens and landscaping. With the time change this year, the fall season has brought much cooler temperatures, and less need for irrigation.

Effective Nov. 1, according to city ordinance, the watering schedules are allowed on just two days per week. It is an ordinance borne of the need to conserve city water, both commercial and residential, that comes from the system of wells here.

So city officials say, for Nov. 1 through March 1, on the winter watering schedule, addresses ending in odd numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, can water on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Even numbered addresses: 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8, and will water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

And, officials add, watering hours on those days should happen before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., so winter watering days are now limited to just two days per week, where it had been three days over the summer.