PETALUMA ENTERS STAGE 4 WATER EMERGENCY AMID DROUGHT CONCERNS
The Petaluma City Council declared a drought emergency, ratcheting up restrictions on residents’ water use in the city’s latest effort to conserve the region’s dwindling water resources.
In a 6-1 vote late Monday night, the council approved a resolution for the Stage 4 emergency. The move calls for a 30% mandatory water reduction goal for city water customers, up from the previous goal of 25%.
The Stage 4 emergency in Petaluma prohibits the installation of new landscapes and the replanting of existing landscapes that require water, and it limits watering for existing landscaping to 4-8 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.
City workers, however, may water trees Mondays through Fridays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
”I’m all for penalizing people who have a lush, green lawn right now,“ said Vice Mayor Brian Barnacle.
The revision will also prohibit customers from filling existing swimming pools and spas, unless they are part of public facilities.
Furthermore, street sweepers will be restricted to using recycled water only for weekly street cleaning.
Any customers in violation of the conservation rules will first be issued a notice, and could see fines of up to $1,000 if the violation is continued or not corrected.
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