Council to vote on water conservation ordinance, review presentation on 710 tunnel

Alhambra City Council will consider further reductions in residential water use, in an effort to address Governor Brown's mandate that the state cut its water usage by 25 percent. 
 
The proposed ordinance, titled Water Shortage Plan III, would restrict lawn watering to twice a week. Under current guidelines, it is permissable to water three times a week. The new ordinance would also prohibiting watering between 8am and 6pm. Currently, residents cannot water their lawns from 10am to 5pm. Other existing restrictions will remain in effect; they include banning the washing of sidewalks and requiring customers to request water before being served at restaurants. 
 
Because Plan III is considered an urgency ordinance, it will require only one vote process to pass. Normally, an ordinance requires two votes to go into effect.
 
Further addressing the state's drought crisis, city staff will present new landscape standards that may be added to the Municipal Code. According to the agenda, the new proposals will "assist residents wishing to address water efficiencies on their properties in a more creative and drought tolerant manner."  
 
Council will also hear a presentation on the proposed 710 tunnel. Special counsel has reviewed the SR710 Environmental Impact Report, and will request the Council to continue their official support of a tunnel that would extend the 710 Freeway. Council will then be expected to draft a letter to Metro and Caltrans that reiterates Alhambra's support of the tunnel.
 
City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.

City Council Jun 22 Meeting

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