State Board Considers Fines For Water Wasters During Drought - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

State Board Considers Fines For Water Wasters During Drought

Posted: Updated:
Sacramento, CA -

(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.

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • GOP-Led House Ready To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

    GOP-Led House Ready To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:57:56 GMT
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
  • Obama Prods GOP On Border Issue, Cites Progress

    Obama Prods GOP On Border Issue, Cites Progress

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:51:01 GMT
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.
  • Israel’s Consul General David Siegel: "We Asked The UN To Work With Us"

    Israel’s Consul General David Siegel: "We Asked The UN To Work With Us"

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:43:27 GMT
    Today marks the 18th day of fighting between Israel and Gaza. Also today Israel’s security cabinet meets to consider international cease-fire proposals. Joining us to discuss the situation is Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles, David Siegel.
    Today marks the 18th day of fighting between Israel and Gaza. Also today Israel’s security cabinet meets to consider international cease-fire proposals. Joining us to discuss the situation is Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles, David Siegel.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices