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Water Efficiency


Phase I and II 
Water Conservation Measures Now in Effect

While 60% of the State of California still remains in a severe drought, the City of Tracy, following new guidelines from the State Water Resources Control Board, has dropped from Phase IV water restrictions to Phase II water restrictions.  Following are some of the mandates:


1. Potable water used for landscaping shall be completed before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. for all Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Municipal and other entities as deemed necessary.


2. Potable water may not be used to wash hardscapes such as patios, sidewalks or driveways.


3. It is prohibited to use any potable water on 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.

4. Public places where food and drink are served and/or purchased and Eating and drinking establishments shall not serve drinking water to its customers unless requested.

5. All motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and lodging facilities shall post notices in each room informing guests of the drought and the option not to have linens and towels laundered daily.

6. It is prohibited to apply potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after a measureable rainfall.

7.  All leaks and malfunctioning equipment shall be repaired within 72 hours of discovery or notification.

For more information please see the "Phased Water Restrictions" on the left side of this page.

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

All projects that will have landscaping must submit a Department of Water Resources MWELO Project Information Sheet (see right side of page for documents) for approval from the Utilities Department, prior to a construction, grading or building permit.  If you are planning a new construction project with a landscape area greater than 500 square feet or a rehabilitated project with an aggregated landscape area greater than or equal to 2,500 square feet, then you will need to further demonstrate compliance with either the Prescriptive or Performance Approach of the MWELO. (see right side of page for documents) for approval by the Utilities Department prior to approval of a construction, building or grading permit.

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

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