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Water Conservation Regulations

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The Water Conservation office administers several regulations related to water conservation throughout the water service area. These regulations are set forth in City and County codes.


Sold House   Plumbing Fixture Retrofit Regulations
City and county codes require all properties that transfer within the Santa Cruz water service area to verify that they have high efficiency toilets, urinals, and showerheads.
low water use landscape Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
The City of Santa Cruz requires certain development projects, including most new developments, to meet low water use landscape standards.
Example of water waste

Water Waste Regulations
In effect at all times, Chapter 16.02 of the Santa Cruz Municipal Code defines and prohibits wasteful and unproductive water uses.