Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.
The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who fail to water their lawns during the drought.
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.
BART police have begun enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying down or sitting with legs extended at Powell Street Station Monday with plans to expand the ordinance to all BART stations, prompting many homeless people to move elsewhere.
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.
Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.
The newly approved state-imposed fines for water wasters doesn’t sit well with some Silicon Valley business owners.
State Approves Fines For Wasting Water After Report Shows Californians Using More Water, Not Conserving
California has approved fines for water wasting after a new report showed water customers in the state using more water, not less, amid calls for conservation.
State water managers are contemplating mandatory fines for water wasters as calls for water conservation in drought-plagued California have apparently fallen on deaf ears.