The drought of 2014 may have prompted water-saving measures in cities throughout California, but residents of Modesto have been following similar rules since 2003.
"By not watering on Mondays, we're saving 10 to 15 million gallons a day, that's a dramatic drop in flow, just by not watering on Mondays," Modesto Water Conservation Specialist Juan Tejeda said.
Tejeda is one of three full-time city employees who respond to reports of water wasting, watering on the wrong day or requests for help in setting up irrigation systems.
Tejeda said Modesto's goal in the early 2000s was reducing water useage by up to 20 percent, and it's largely been accomplished by prohibiting landscape watering on Mondays.
Residents can only water three times a week and on every other day; watering isn't allowed between noon and 7 p.m.