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Water Neutrality Ordinance

On July 1, 2017, the Water Neutrality Ordinance went into effect capping water use for new developments to an average of the past five year historical use for that individual parcel. A stakeholder committee of residents, building industry professionals, non-profits, manufacturers, and local governments created the proposed ordinance to meet Council's directive. This ordinance is one strategy to achieve the City's goal for water self-sufficiency by 2020. By maximizing water-efficiency, local groundwater and alternate water supplies, the city will no longer need to import water to meet all of its needs.

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Download programmed Excel spreadsheet Water Neutrality Calculators below. See instructions.

Water Neutrality Ordinance - Water Usage Release Form pdf 
Last updated: Thursday, 12/13/2018


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