Californians facing $500 a day water fines
July 11, 2014
After very few Californians listened to Gov. Jerry Brown plea to conserve water, the state is poised to slap water wasters with fines of up to $500 a day. [Mercury News]
The state Water Resources Control Board is set to consider implementing new regulations next week that would permit up to $500 a day fines for landscape watering that runs off from the area of landscaping, using water to clean hard surfaces such as walkways, washing automobiles without shut off nozzle on a hose or using non-recirculated fountains. Indoor water usage will not be effected.
After Brown asked Californians to voluntarily cut water usage by 20 percent, Californians cut their water usage by only 5 percent.
The proposed rules also require urban water suppliers to implement plans to restrict customers’ outdoor water use if they haven’t done so already. Agencies that do not comply face fines of up to $10,000 per day.
About 4 percent of California’s urban water is used to irrigate landscaping.