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Palo Alto, Cal., Code of Ordinances § 12.32.010(e) (current through Aug. 5, 2019)
Brief Summary
This policy limits the times of day that potable water is allowed to be used for watering ornamental landscapes or turf (unless done by hand), and specifically exempts edible gardens or landscapes from this watering restriction.
Legal Strategies
Prohibits/discourages something.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: California
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Palo Alto
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Unclear. Not directly stated but code is limiting use of potable water which is related to sustainability and conservation.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 12.04.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. The first violation will be issued with a written warning. The second and third incidences of water misues will be given to the city recommending other available enforcement techniques. Remedies include administrative citations, fines, infractions punishable by penalities, misdemeanors, flow restrictors and termination of water services. §§ 12.32.020(b)-(d).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
This policy is located in Palo Alto, California Code of Ordinances, Title 12 Public Works and Utlities, Chapter 12.32 Water Use Regulations. History: Ord. 5385 § 1, 2016; Ord. 4041 § 1, 1991: Ord. 3964 § 1, 1990: Ord. 3884 § 2 (part), 1989.