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Artificial Turf Ban in Fountain Hills California
Proposal to Cancel Ban to Be Reviewed

FOUNTAIN VALLEY The city is taking steps toward water conservation by considering a change to an ordinance that bans artificial turf in residents’ yards.

The City Council decided Tuesday night to hold a public hearing at its next meeting Oct. 21 to review the proposal. The action comes at a time when the state’s drought situation has prompted local cities to look at ways to cut back water use.

“With the water situation we’re facing, this is going to be a good thing,” said Councilman Larry Crandall.

About 750 square feet of synthetic turf in a residential yard can conserve about 22,000 gallons of water per year and cuts down on urban runoff and green waste, according to a staff report. In addition, the Municipal Water District of Orange County offers a 30-cent-per-square-foot rebate to homeowners who install artificial turf.

Fountain Valley’s decision follows discussion by Garden Grove officials about lifting a ban on artificial turf on residential properties. The council last month postponed a vote on the matter, asking staff to get more information about the fake grass.

Council members had questions about lead content in some artificial turf brands, pending lawsuits against some artificial turf manufacturers in New Jersey and California and concerns about drainage and maintenance.

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