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Policy 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.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Palo Alto
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Prohibits/discourages something
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
Unclear

Not directly stated but code is limiting use of potable water which is related to sustainability and conservation.

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 12.04

Addresses implementation?
No

Enforcement provisions?
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).

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.