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ORDINANCE 1924 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS FOR WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING <br />THE TOWN COUNCIL OF TOWN OF LOS GATOS DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION I <br />Amendment of Town Code to add Article IV to Chapter 26 to read as follows: <br />Article IV. Water Efficient Landscaping <br />Division 1. Generally <br />Sec. 26.40.010. Purpose. <br />The State Legislature has found that the limited supply of State waters is subject <br />to ever increasing demands; that California's economic prosperity depends on adequate <br />supplies of water; that State policy promotes conservation and efficient use of water; that <br />landscapes provide recreation areas, clean the air and water, prevent erosion, offer fire <br />protection, and replace ecosystems displaced by development; and that landscape design, <br />installation, and maintenance can and should be water efficient. <br />The purpose of this chapter is to promote the values and benefits of landscapes while <br />recognizing the need to invest water and other resources as efficiently as possible; establish <br />a structure for designing, installing, and maintaining water efficient landscapes in new <br />projects; and establish provisions for water management practices and water waste <br />prevention for established landscapes. <br />Sec. Definitions. <br />For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases are defined and <br />shall be construed as set forth in this section. <br />(1) Antidrain valve or check valve: a valve located under a sprinkler head to <br />hold water in the system so it minimizes drainage from the lower elevation <br />sprinkler heads. <br />(2) Application rate: the depth of water applied to a given area, usually <br />measured in inches per hour. <br />(3) Applied water: the portion of water supplied by the irrigation system to the <br />landscape. <br />(4) Automatic controller: a mechanical or solid state timer, capable of operating <br />valve stations to set the days and length of time of a water application. <br />(5) Backflow prevention device: a safety device used to prevent pollution or <br />contamination of the water supply due to the reverse flow of water from the <br />irrigation system. <br />