What restrictions has the City Council placed on water use in Petaluma?

  • Limited outdoor watering schedule reduced to two times a week –  overnight Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 am.
  • All hoses must be equipped with a hose-end nozzle.
  • Water users are reminded to fix leaks and eliminate water waste (this step is required even when we are not in a drought, per Petaluma Municipal Code) 
  • No use of potable water for washing down sidewalks, driveways, buildings, structures, patios, or other hard surfaced areas, except sanitation.
  • No vehicle washing at home – commercial car washes only.
  • No operating ornamental water fountains and water features, including decorative lakes and ponds.
  • No irrigating turf on public medians.
  • No filling new pools or spas.
  • No topping off existing pools and spas. Pool and spa covers are required by the Petaluma municipal code to be covered during non-business hours or while not in use.
  • No planting of new or existing landscapes that require water.
  • New development to withhold landscape installation until further notice.
  • Water served in restaurants by request only.
  • Operators of hotels and motels to provide guest with option of choosing to have towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Frequency and type of landscape irrigation with potable water at parks, golf courses, landscape assessment districts, schools, medians, and frontages to be determined by City Manager.
  • Street sweepers must use recycled water for street cleaning.
  • Recycled water must be used for dust control when available.
  • Number of recycled water haulers permitted to use recycled water for purposes other than construction to be determined by City Manager.
  • Potable water meters for construction limited to use for water line hydrostatic testing and chlorination. Water meters for construction will be evaluated on case-by-case basis.
  • No new water hauler accounts permitted to purchase potable water (or as determined by City Manager.)
  • Current potable water hauler accounts will not be allowed to haul more than current allocation, and load accounts will be monitored for monthly usage.
  • No new potable water hauler customers will be permitted (or as determined by City Manager.) The Santa Rosa Plain Drought Resiliency Project is exempt from this provision.
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