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M-4 <br />10/14/75 <br />WATER CONSERVATION <br />The cost of transmitting water to Southern California will increase dramatically <br />during the next decade due to the increased cost of oil used in the conveyance <br />process. Anticipating this cost increase, it shall be the policy of the City <br />of Newport Beach to encourage conservation of water throughout the City and <br />to develop methods whereby the City, its citizens, businessmen and homeowner <br />associations can reduce their consumption of water. <br />Suggested methods include, but are not limited to, the following: <br />(1) Select landscape materials from a list of drought resistant shrubs, trees <br />and ground covers and use them as extensively as possible in parks, park- <br />ways, traffic medians and around public buildings. <br />(2) Encourage the use of solid materials (concrete, brick, etc.) in traffic <br />islands, parkways and other locations in order to reduce water -consuming <br />areas. Care should be taken, however, to provide ample tree wells in <br />parkways when solid materials are used. <br />(3) Reduce to an acceptable minimum the amount of water that is applied to <br />lawns, ground covers, paseos and greenbelts, but giving care to the <br />deep water that is required by trees. <br />(4) Give greater consideration to soil conditioning and be sure that soils <br />are properly prepared prior to planting. Sandy soils should receive a <br />generous amount of humus to retain moisture. <br />(5) In design of parkway and median landscaping, grade the area concave rather <br />than convex to eliminate run-off and spray drift. Bubbler heads should <br />be used instead of spray heads. <br />(6) Determine proper water timing of landscaping in various types of soil <br />and publicize approprpriate watering procedures for public information; <br />i.e., deep water for trees. <br />(7) Investigate the possibility of using recycled water for parks, traffic <br />medians and other public locations. <br />Adopted - October 14, 1975 <br />