Elk Grove is under a Stage 2 drought restriction. This means that there are restrictions on when people can use water and how much they can use. These restrictions are part of a community-wide conservation effort. To do their part, the City of Elk Grove and Cosumnes CSD, which manages over 100 parks including Elk Grove Park and Emerald Lakes Golf Course, are reducing irrigation for parks and street landscaping by 20%.
While drought requirements allow for some increased flexibility in watering schedules for parks and streetscapes, the City and Cosumnes CSD are focusing on meeting the 20% reduction goal by prioritizing water use based on safety, type of use, and the value of the asset. In general, trees and high-use recreational areas will be watering priorities.
With more than 1,000 acres of irrigated parks, streetscapes, and trails in Elk Grove, here are some additional ways the City and Cosumnes CSD are conserving water while protecting vital park assets:
Using state-of-the-art irrigation control systems that monitor the weather in real-time and make immediate changes to avoid over-watering.
Installing drip-irrigation, where possible.
Irrigating with recycled water on 118 acres of the parks, streetscapes, and trails.
Increasing mow height. Taller grass helps reduce water loss through evaporation, reduces soil erosion, and can better withstand dry weather.
Help protect our limited water supply by reporting broken sprinklers and leaks in parks or streetscapes to the Cosumnes CSD’s Park Maintenance Hotline.
Parks Water Sources (PDF)
Park Maintenance Hotline
Cosumnes CSD utilizes an on-call / standby system to address urgent maintenance issues, including water waste.
The system is activated by emailing the Park Maintenance Hotline or calling (916) 405-5688. Team members are available 24/7 to respond to problems, such as broken water lines or stuck on sprinklers, in an effort to maximize water savings and efficiency.
Call 916-405-5688 or submit a form online to report park maintenance issues.