PALO ALTO (KCBS)— Palo Alto officials are targeting water-wasting activities like washing down sidewalks and irrigating to the point of saturation. City council approved the new series of restrictions late Monday night.
The city has already reduced its water use by 17 percent from February through June compared with the same time last year.
“In a sentence I think we could say that Palo Alto has done well, but well does not keep you from doing even better,” said Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Vice Chair Brian Schmidt.
Mayor Nancy Sheppard said the new restrictions may not go far enough.
“I think these measures are nice starts, but I think that we actually might have to look at even more deep cuts as things go forward, knowing what our reservoirs look like right now.”
Palo Alto gets all of its potable water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which has not imposed any mandatory reductions on its customers.
State regulators have decided water wasters can be fined up to $500 a day.