landscape watering in Reno, Truckee Meadows, Nevada
Water is our most precious resource here in the high desert. With summer upon us, things are heating up and the weather will be on the dry side for the next few months. If you are trying to maintain a lawn and outdoor landscaping, you need to be extra careful with water use.

Assigned-Day Watering designates when to use outdoor sprinklers. However, there is more to it than just turning your sprinklers on and off at the right time. You use the last number of your home or business address to determine your watering days (odd or even).

  • Rules in effect year-round.
  • Even addresses – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Odd addresses – Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
  • No watering between 12 noon and 6 p.m.
  • Mondays are no watering days for everyone.

We all use water for much more than just keeping the yard green. To learn more about saving and wisely using this resource here in the high desert, refer to “Know your Assigned Watering Days in Reno and Sparks.”


Daylight Saving Time for 2019 starts on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. To wake up to the correct time, set your clocks forward an hour before hitting the hay on Saturday night. The bad part is we get to sleep an hour less on Sunday morning. The good part is we get more daylight to do stuff and the hours of daylight will be getting longer.

The longest day of the year comes on June 21, the first day of summer. After that, the slow decrease in minutes of daylight per day leads inevitably to the shortest day of the year and first day of winter on December 21. By then it will be getting dark pretty early since Daylight Saving Time for 2019 ends on November 3.

The weather is subject to sudden change this time of year, so if you plan on a spring outing or need to drive over the hill, be sure to check the weather forecast and highway conditions before starting out.

I580 southbound

March 5, 2019

I580, Slide Mountain, Galena Creek Bridge, Nevada, NV

Slide Mountain and the Galena Creek Bridge seen from southbound I580 near Washoe Valley, Nevada. Photo © Stan White