Now prohibited are:
- overwatering yards,
- washing cars without a shutoff nozzle,
- hosing down sidewalks or watering grass within 48 hours after rainfall,
- using potable water to irrigate grass on public street medians or landscaped areas between the street and sidewalk,
- using potable water for street cleaning or construction purposes,
- and using potable water for decorative fountains or filling artificial lakes or ponds, with some exceptions.
Violators could face fines of up to $500. The temporary rules, which will be in effect for one year, are similar to measures that were put in place during the last severe drought from 2012 to 2016. The rules also bar homeowners’ associations from fining residents who cut back on watering their lawns or other landscaping.
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