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SprinklerState Mandates Water Restrictions

Responding to the current drought, a new California State mandate requires water suppliers to activate their water conservation plans. In compliance with this law, on November 18, 2014, the East Palo Alto City Council adopted a Resolution to implement the new Statewide Emergency Drought Regulations. The State-adopted regulations include prohibitions against: 

(1) The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures; 
(2) The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use; 
(3) The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and 
(4) The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.

In accordance with Section 864 of Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations, the following fines and penalties are hereby established:
A courtesy notice of the violation shall be issued upon the first violation. 
Upon a second and subsequent violations, the violator shall be fined as set forth below and may be charged with an infraction:
a. For the second violation the fine shall be fifty dollars ($50.00);
b. For the third violation the fine shall be ($100.00);
c. For the fourth violation the fine shall be two hundred dollars ($200.00); and
d. For a fifth violation the fine shall be five hundred dollars ($500.00)

Any person receiving a notice of a second or subsequent violation shall have a right to a hearing pursuant to Municipal Code section 13.24.300.
Hearings regarding violations will follow procedures outlined in the City of East Palo Alto municipal code, Section 13.24.300

Using less water is actually easy, and it can save you money, too. This page provides you with information and resources for turning your home into a water-saving household! Start with some great, easy-to-do water-saving tips, and then check out other links for even more water conservation ideas and actions.