Nematodes are microscopic organisms that can control European Chafer beetles and are most effective when applied between late July and mid-August. As your lawn must be watered thoroughly before and after a nematode application, you can apply for a Water Exemption Permit from the City to water outside of the water use restrictions.
Apply in person at Engineering Customer Service at City Hall. Please bring your proof of nematode purchase. Permits will be ready for pickup on the same business day.
Companies may apply for nematode permits on behalf of multiple properties:
Please email Water Conservation and attach a complete and updated list of property addresses requiring permits, including the full names and contact numbers of the residents. Please organize the list in alphabetical order based on the residents’ last name.
Expected Time of Return
Please allow up to 5 business days for staff to process and issue the permits.
If you have planted a new lawn or are replacing your old lawn during water use restrictions (May 1 through October 15) and the lawn has not yet established, you can request a temporary Water Exemption Permit from the City.
A one-time renewal may be available, if your new lawn has not fully established within the original permit’s validity date. Renewals cost $25 for single residential lots and individual townhouse units or $150 for apartments, multi-family complexes, commercial, industrial or institutional properties.
Permits are allowed to continue during Stage 3 water use restrictions but will be void in Stage 4.
Permits are valid for three weeks (21 days) from the permit issue date and only apply to the new lawn area.
Permits cost $25 for single-family properties and individual townhouse units, and $150 for multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional properties.
Permits must be displayed at the front of the property and be visible from the curb and/or sidewalk. For example, you can tape it to your front window or door.
Watering of the new lawn area with a permit is allowed every day between the morning hours of 4 and 9 a.m., within the permit’s validity period.