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City parks exempted from rules for watering
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Never on a Monday when it comes to watering doesn’t apply to city hall.

At least that will be the case if the Manteca City Council tonight adopts an amendment to the municipal ordinance regarding unlawful water use.

The proposed language change would also exempt others locations from the city rules in effect since October that restrict odd addresses to water landscaping only on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays and even addresses on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The ordinance prohibits watering on Monday. The ordinance reduced allowable watering from four days down to three days a week.

The exemptions that would be made as originally intended is any new landscaping within 21 days of installation, the Manteca Golf Course, city parks, and Manteca Unified landscaping.

Management analyst Johanna Ferreira said that was the intent of the ordinance adopted on Oct. 7, 2014 but some ambiguity in the language was inadvertently created.

“It is important to note, while these locations would be exempted from the days they are authorized to water, they will likely continue to limit the number of days they may water during the week,” Ferreira pointed out in a memo to the council. “Even with the potential for additional watering days, the city will continue to meet its 32 percent reduction in water use system wide.”

Manteca as a whole cut water use 37 percent from 2013 levels. The state mandated that the city cut back water consumption by 32 percent from two years ago.

All city parks, with the exception of Woodward Park, Northgate Park, and Morenzone Park, will still likely be watered only three times a week.

Because of the size of the three parks and the amount of use they receive, the city needs flexibility in watering the parks during off-use time to ensure they remain in quality condition. That could mean an additional watering day during a week.

If there is a sporting event or some special event at the three parks during the weekend the city is unable to water on Saturday or Sunday. The golf course, along with the larger parks, have multiple irrigation programs which means they can’t cycle through the entire park or golf course on the given day they are supposed to water.

Ferreira pointed out if city parks weren’t exempt from the watering day restrictions and — due to use — were not able to water on the weekend, some parks would potentially not receive any water for up to four days.

The exemption allows the city and school district the option to water so not to adversely impact field conditions and provide flexibility needed to maintain turf life.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.