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HURRICANE — After almost a year of debate by Hurricane city officials, a new water conservation ordinance was voted into effect during Thursday's city council meeting. The ordinance limits both commercial and residential water use, targeting new construction projects, not pre-existing developments.
"I'm persuaded that we have a very serious water problem," said Councilman Joseph Prete. "It's taken us 10 months to get where we are, but we finally have a proposed ordinance with water restrictions."
Under the new ordinance, commercially owned grass is not allowed outside of active recreation areas and is banned on landscape areas less than eight feet wide and on landscape slopes that exceed a 15% incline. Commercially owned grass is also prohibited on all park strips.
The ordinance requires commercial landscape, irrigation and project plans to be approved by the city, trees and bushes to be water efficient and prevent soil erosion, and construction projects to implement city provided secondary irrigation water instead of culinary water, if the irrigation water is available.