Customers will pay a 100 percent surcharge for water use over 90 percent of last year’s usage.
Supervisor Dave Cortese said local government departments are not doing enough to restrict water use during the drought.
Every Monday night in, dozens of Santa Cruz residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.
The transit agency says its washing the exteriors of its trains less frequently in an effort to save water.
The current drought is covering all of California in extreme ways. It’s the third driest year in 106 years of record keeping according to Jay Lund of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, our guest for this week’s In Depth.
Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.
Two million customers from San Francisco’s Water Department are getting a collective pat on the back for reducing water consumption by at least 10 percent this summer.
In a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county.
Last week California mandated fines of up to $500 for water wasters prompting Bay Area water agencies to urge usage cutbacks of up to 20 percent. In the East Bay, one water agency says they’re in much better shape.
Santa Cruz has set up something of a traffic school to help water wasters avoid penalties from the state during the severe drought.