‘Water police’ patrol drought-hit Los Angeles streets
Damon Ayala patrols the streets of drought-stricken Los Angeles every day, inspecting the sidewalks. Each time he sees a puddle, he stops. He is part of the city’s Department of Water and Power team, which looks into hundreds of community complaints filed by neighbors each week about water waste. … Ayala’s patrol comes as California and the western United States are in the grip of a severe, years-long drought. … With reservoirs and rivers at historic lows, Los Angeles authorities have brought in water restrictions, such as limiting lawn irrigation to as little as eight minutes, twice per week.