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News - July 8, 2022

Around Town

A TIME TO CONSERVE ... The ongoing drought recently led Palo Alto to roll out stricter water-use limits. On June 20, the city implemented Stage II restrictions as outlined in its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which calls for up to 20% in cutbacks. It includes a regulation that limits the watering of lawns and ornamental landscapes (defined by the city as landscaping for decorative purposes) to two days a week. Residents with odd-numbered or numberless addresses are permitted to water on Mondays and Thursdays, and those with even-numbered addresses may water their landscapes on Tuesdays and Fridays. The restrictions also affect nonresidential customers, such as businesses, who are permitted to water their landscape before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on any day. Customers are allowed to water trees and places with functional turf, such as playing fields and golf courses, as needed for health and safety purposes, according to the city. The contingency plan also calls on restaurants and other food service providers to serve water only at a customer's request. Hotels and motels are also required to post signs in their rooms suggesting that guests not have towels and linens sent to the laundry on a daily basis. For more information, visit

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