With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources
Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste
could be treated as criminal infractions. … The Sacramento Bee
asked Sacramento utilities director Dave Brent how the city was
dealing with the state’s latest ruling.
In a little-noticed provision of the regulations adopted Tuesday,
the State Water Resources Control Board declared that public
agencies – in addition to individuals and businesses – can be
prosecuted for a criminal infraction and fined $500 per day for
certain categories of water waste.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
The recent mandatory water restrictions put in place by the state
were the topic of an interview on July 16 by Judy Woodruff during
the PBS News Hour of Timothy Quinn, ACWA Executive Director, and
Craig Miller of KQED. Much of the focus of the interview was
on just how serious the drought is and why the regulations are
necessary right now.
On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering
restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern
California couple received a letter from their city threatening a
$500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.
The State Water Board acted Tuesday to set minimum standards for
water conservation, with the ability of local water providers to
issue fines for blatant water use. But local water providers
said residents are doing their part, overall.
California water officials on Tuesday approved a $500 fine to be
imposed on water wasters and other measure to improve water
conservation during the drought. Here are some answers to
questions about Tuesday’s action:
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Voices
on Water Blog, in a post by ACWA Executive Director Tim Quinn:
The State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented
step yesterday [July 15] of ordering mandatory conservation
measures to address California’s deepening drought. Less than 24
hours later, pop star Lady Gaga released a public service
announcement urging Californians to save water.
On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are
not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the
unprecedented step of declaring certain types of water waste a
criminal infraction similar to a speeding violation.
With rainfall this year at historically low levels and reservoirs
quickly dwindling, California officials on Tuesday approved the
most drastic measures yet to reduce water consumption during the
state’s increasingly serious drought, including fines of up to
$500 per day under some circumstances for watering a garden,
washing a car or hosing down a sidewalk.
The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted emergency
regulations that allow local water agencies to levy fines up to
$500 a day for people who waste water outdoors. Board Chair
Felicia Marcus says collecting money isn’t the goal.
On the same day state water regulators approved daily fines up to
$500 for wasting water, scientists released a report saying the
drought will put a $2.2 billion dent this year in California’s
Facing a historic drought and rising water demand, California
regulators on Tuesday imposed unprecedented, statewide
restrictions on outdoor watering that include potential stiff
fines for those who refuse to comply.