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State Board Considers Fines For Water Wasters During Drought

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(FOX 11 / AP) Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will cost Californians up to $500 a day for violations under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators. Examples of what to avoid include overwatering front lawns, hosing down sidewalks or washing cars without a nozzle on the hose.

The State Water Resources Control Board next week is scheduled to consider draft emergency regulations made public Tuesday. They are intended to put teeth into conservation efforts that so far have produced disappointing results.

Most of the regulations to be considered by the board are aimed at reducing outdoor water use in cities and towns. Violations would be considered infractions, and tickets could be written by any public employee empowered to enforce laws.

From Sandra Endo:

A crackdown on anyone wasting water. State regulators may start imposing stiff fines of up to 500 dollars a day for over-watering lawns and washing cars without a shut off nozzle on the hose.

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to meet next week to vote on the matter. If approved it would take effect immediately. Despite the severe drought and people not conserving enough, regulators say these fines would not apply to indoor water use.

"We're not doing standards here that say you have to kill your lawn," Board chairwoman Felicia Marcus said. "It doesn't mean you can't take a shower. ... It just means, think about it."

This all stems from Governor Jerry Brown's call for all Californians to conserve water by 20% percent but from the start of the year to May, conservation has only saved 5% percent.

Municipal Water agencies must have conservation plans as well within thirty days or those agencies could also face stiff fines.

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