California’s drought prompts tougher water use rules

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Restrictions on spraying and even water fountain use could lead to fines up to $500.

July 28, 2014

California homeowners can now get fined up to $500 a day for overwatering lawns and gardens. New regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board also include fines for spraying water on a driveway, sidewalk or patio, and using fresh water in a water fountain unless the water recirculates. California is experiencing a multi-year drought that has greatly reduced water supplies.

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