Public Works Update


To manage the limited water supply, Syracuse City has implemented the following outdoor watering restrictions, which are being enforced.
• No outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• No more than two waterings a week. Limit watering duration.
• The two mandatory no-watering days are still in effect. So, choose two days out of the five days each week that are available in your area.

No watering on Sunday citywide, and no watering on the designated day in your quadrant of the city.

Quadrants are defined with boundaries along 2000 West and Antelope Drive. Northwest quadrant: no watering on Tuesday. Northeast quadrant: no watering on Wednesday. Southwest quadrant: no watering on Thursday. Southeast quadrant: no watering on Friday.

Large properties such as churches, schools, and parks are regulated under a separate, custom water conservation program based on each property.

We appreciate your attention to this matter. It is strongly recommended to delay any installation of new landscape sod and plantings. For more details, see the 2021 Water Restrictions on the city’s website


Cross connections (sprinkling system connected to culinary water) are extremely dangerous to public health and are illegal. If this occurs, the entire secondary water system will be shut off to Syracuse City until it is found. Violators will be prosecuted. To protect your drinking water and have no disruption of secondary water, cross connections are not permitted. If you suspect a cross connection or are uncertain and would like a free inspection, call public works or submit an online fix-it request.

Clean storm water

Clean storm water is important to our ecosystem. When working on a vehicle at your residence, be sure to have rags, plastic sheets or tarps, cardboard, drip pan, oil absorbent (such as paper towels, sawdust, or kitty litter) readily available for any spills, in case an accident happens. Did you know that one quart of oil can contaminate up to two million gallons of water? Do not spray or wash down any debris from the driveway into the curb and gutter, which leads into our storm drains. When deciding to wash your vehicles, the best management practice would be to take it to a local car wash. However, if you choose to wash at home, park the vehicle on the grass to wash. This will allow the dirt, detergents, and the water to soak or percolate into the lawn and not into our storm drain system. Thank you for helping keep our waterways clean.

Trees provide shade and appeal but require proper maintenance to remain healthy.

To protect trees that extend over the sidewalks and roadways from being damaged by vehicles and pedestrians, trees must be pruned to allow a clearance of seven feet over a sidewalk and eleven feet over a street. This also provides visibility for street signs, lights, and traffic. If you are planting trees anywhere near your sidewalk, consider giving plenty of space as the tree matures and roots spread to prevent your sidewalk from heaving. Also, consider locations that are away from street corners that may block signs or streetlamps. Refer to city ordinance 10.30.070 for tree species, spacing, and planting locations.

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