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Stage 3 Outdoor Water Restrictions are in Effect 

The City of Santa Cruz faces a serious water shortage due to the ongoing drought. Stage 3 Outdoor Water Restrictions are in effect from May 1st, 2014 through October 31st, 2014.
For information on water rationing and the Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency visit our drought webpage.

Mandatory Water Restrictions including Water Waste Prohibitions

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 Water landscape before 10:00am or after 5:00pm

 runoff  Keep irrigation on the landscape, not sidewalks or gutters
 broom on sidewalk  Sweep, don't wash paved surfaces
Person washing down their house

Don't wash exteriors of buildings and structures

   Hose nozzles are required at all times
   Immediately fix and repair all irrigation and plumbing 

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Businesses limited to watering one day per week: Tuesdays
 inside City limits, Thursdays outside City limits.
   Restaurants must serve water only upon request
   Hotels and motels must offer patrons the choice
 to forgo daily changing of sheets and towels
   Swimming pools and spas may not be drained and refilled
   Call 420-LEAK (5325) to report water waste

 Penalties will be applied to the utility bill for repeated
 violations of restrictions

1st offense: written notice and opportunity to correct the situation
2nd offense: $100 penalty
3rd offense: $250 penalty
4th offense: $500 penalty
Penalty amounts are tripled for customers using over 1 million gallons/year

Exceptions to Landscape Watering:
Drip irrigation systems, soaker hoses and watering cans may be used any time of the day. Professional gardeners may handwater any time of the day where no other option is feasible. Landscape contractors may make irrigation system repairs or adjustments any time of the day.

Exception to Washing Down Hard or Paved Surfaces: 
Sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces may be washed down to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards, or to prepare paved surfaces for sealing. 

Exception to Washing Down Buildings and Structures: The exteriors of Buildings, dwellings, and structures may be washed to prepare the property for painting or for sale. Window washing is also allowed.

Additional Information:
2014 Drought - Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency

Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Santa Cruz Municipal Code 16.01 - Water Shortage Regulations and Restrictions
Santa Cruz Municipal Code 16.02 - Water Waste Regulations

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Last updated: 5/12/2014 2:59:30 PM