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Fines sending violators to Water School

Posted: August 10, 2014 at 3:41 a.m.

Amanda Bunte, a representative with the city of Santa Cruz, Calif., goes over water conservation tips during Water School at the Louden Nelson Community Center last month.

Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.

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