SACRAMENTO (KCBS) — State water managers have approved mandatory fines for water wasters as calls for conservation in drought-plagued California have apparently fallen on deaf ears.
The State Water Resources Control Board released updated results Tuesday of a water-use survey showing overall consumption has increased one percent in 2014, despite pleas from Gov. Jerry Brown for residents and businesses to voluntarily cut back use by 20 percent.
The report corrected survey results from last month that showed water use statewide had declined by five percent.
On Tuesday, the board approved fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, washing cars without a shut-off nozzle or other outdoor uses.
“There’s a long way that urban California can do to help add to the flex in the system and be part of the solution,” said board Chair Felicia Marcus.