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Spanish Fork Council looks at limits on water use

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SPANISH FORK — Cleaning driveways, sidewalks and patios with a garden hose could net city residents citations and fines similar to traffic tickets under a proposed water conservation ordinance being considered by the City Council.

Such uses are considered wasteful.

In addition to the class C citation, residents could forfeit city water services. The proposed ordinance is modeled after a sample offered by the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. City Planner Emil Pierson told the council that Sandy is considering a similar ordinance.

The ordinance grants exceptions to alleviate "immediate fire, health or safety hazards."

Following Tuesday's review, the council sent the proposed ordinance back to staff for some reworking. One staffer called the draft measure "extreme."

In other matters, the council accepted a $16,961 county restaurant tax grant to purchase more lighted structures for its annual Festival of Lights, City Manager Dave Oyler said.