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California OKs fines up to $500 for wasting water

Posted: July 16, 2014 at 4:27 a.m.

Eighi Hiastake, of the San Francisco Dept. of Public Works, washes a city sidewalk with a mixture of water and detergent on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in San Francisco. In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines of up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. The rules would prohibit watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be prohibited, as would washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.

California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.

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