Watering Rules

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A message from Brad Hill, the Flagstaff Water Services Director: (June 15th, 2018)

"The City of Flagstaff is always in Stage 1 Water Restrictions: Water Awareness. The purpose of this stage is to limit outdoor watering to odd/even days and prohibit the wasting of water by our customers. Our Water Conservation program spends quite a bit of effort educating the public on how to be water conscious and use our water wisely on a daily basis. The City of Flagstaff has multiple water supplies (groundwater, surface water, & reclaimed water) which helps to provide redundancy.  We are currently delivering 10 million gallons of drinking water per day with ~28% coming from Upper Lake Mary and the remainder from our multitude of groundwater wells.  Reclaimed water is a significant supply for outdoor irrigation this time of year (i.e., parks, schools, golf courses, etc).  Because of our community’s culture of conservation and the variety of water supplies we manage, we do not anticipate a need in the near future to implement additional temporary water restrictions."
  1. Strategy I: Water Awareness
  2. Strategy II: Water Emergency
  3. Strategy III: Water Crisis

We are currently in Water Availability Strategy I: Water Awareness


Drought Preparedness - Water Availability Strategies 


Strategy Level I 

Water Awareness: 

This is in effect when water demand is equal to or less than safe water production capability* 


  • Odd-numbered addresses may irrigate Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Even-numbered addresses may irrigate Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • No irrigation on Mondays.
  • No irrigation is allowed between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Incidental hand watering is allowed daily except between 9 am and 5 pm. Hand watering requires that the conveyance (hose, bucket, etc.) be in hand for the duration of a watering session; hoses running  freely or sprinklers attached to hoses are not considered hand watering.
  • Vehicle washing is allowed; A hose with a spray-control nozzle (available for free from the Water Conservation office!) and bucket is encouraged to reduce unnecessary run-off into the street

We are currently in Water Availability Strategy I: Water Awareness


Drought Preparedness - Water Availability Strategies 


Strategy Level I 

Water Awareness: 

This is in effect when water demand is equal to or less than safe water production capability* 


  • Odd-numbered addresses may irrigate Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Even-numbered addresses may irrigate Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • No irrigation on Mondays.
  • No irrigation is allowed between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Incidental hand watering is allowed daily except between 9 am and 5 pm. Hand watering requires that the conveyance (hose, bucket, etc.) be in hand for the duration of a watering session; hoses running  freely or sprinklers attached to hoses are not considered hand watering.
  • Vehicle washing is allowed; A hose with a spray-control nozzle (available for free from the Water Conservation office!) and bucket is encouraged to reduce unnecessary run-off into the street

We are currently in Water Availability Strategy I: Water Awareness


Drought Preparedness - Water Availability Strategies 


Strategy Level I 

Water Awareness: 

This is in effect when water demand is equal to or less than safe water production capability* 


  • Odd-numbered addresses may irrigate Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Even-numbered addresses may irrigate Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • No irrigation on Mondays.
  • No irrigation is allowed between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Incidental hand watering is allowed daily except between 9 am and 5 pm. Hand watering requires that the conveyance (hose, bucket, etc.) be in hand for the duration of a watering session; hoses running  freely or sprinklers attached to hoses are not considered hand watering.
  • Vehicle washing is allowed; A hose with a spray-control nozzle (available for free from the Water Conservation office!) and bucket is encouraged to reduce unnecessary run-off into the street
*Safe Production Capability means 90% of the total water resources available (measured in millions of gallons per day, and based on potable water production and distribution)

Noncompliance could result in a $25 (Strategy I), $50 (Strategy II), and $100 (Strategy II) fee assessed to your water bill. This fee doubles with each repeat violation.
View the City of Flagstaff’s water conservation code 7-03-001-0014 here

To report a Watering Rules Violation - call (928) 213-2116

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Special Permits & Provisions

Landscape establishment watering permits are available from the Water Services Office. They authorize daily irrigation for a maximum of 30 days to establish new landscapes. There is a $10 fee, and we require proof of new landscaping, in the form of a purchase receipt or landscaper’s design plan. Call (928) 213-2407 or go to the Water Services Office in City Hall (211 W Aspen Ave).

Commercial provisions are available for businesses that require daily outdoor water use for the business to succeed, such as landscape nurseries. Requests for a commercial provision must be made in writing to the Water Services Director. Commercial provisions will not be approved for aesthetic landscaping.