Sample Lawn Watering Ordinance
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING LAWN WATERING RESTRICTIONS
WHEREAS, the ________ Public Utilities municipal water
supply system may reach critical levels due to summer peak usage; and
WHEREAS, a possibility of water shortage is made more
critical by hot and dry weather conditions; and
WHEREAS, lack of adequate water pressure could cause
serious fire protection problems; and
WHEREAS, it has been determined that a watering ban must
be implemented in order to assure the safety and well being of the residents of
the City of _______________.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Utilities
Commission of the City of _____________, hereby establishes restrictions for all
residential, commercial and industrial users of the Utilities' water system;
The Superintendent of Public Works shall be given the
authority to implement emergency restrictions to restrict water use during
emergency periods. The Superintendent of Public Works shall notify
municipal system users of a watering ban by publishing notice in the
_____________ (newspaper) and on __________ (local television station).
Residents with an odd house number shall water lawns or wash
cars when necessary only on odd-numbered calendar days, and those with
even-numbered addresses shall water lawns or wash cars only on even-numbered
days. Lawns shall not be watered between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00
An exception may be granted for recently established lawns.
Those lawns may be watered daily for up to one month after installation, but
only during the hours listed above.
In extreme emergency cases, the Superintendent of Public Works
shall have the authority to issue a total watering ban until such time that
the emergency situation ceases to exist.
The penalty for violating the Utilities' watering ban shall be
a warning for the first day of violation, a $25.00 per day fine for the second
violation, and a $50.00 per day fine for the third violation.
Adopted by the Public Utilities Commission of the City of
______________, this date ____________.