Drought-Stricken California Fights Water Waste With Fines
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Six months after California declared a statewide drought emergency, residents and businesses will now face fines of up to $500 a day for wasting water. That means restrictions on water use for things such as landscaping, car washing and pools.
It’s the first time regulators have imposed such measures on a statewide level.
Meantime, one community just outside Sacramento has actually seen its water usage go down since Governor Jerry Brown called for a 20 percent reduction.
Roseville’s water conservation administrator, Lisa Brown, argues that the state’s $500 fine could cause more problems. She joins us to explain.
- Scott Detrow, Sacramento bureau chief for KQED. He tweets @scottdetrow.
- Lisa Brown, water conservation administrator for the city of Roseville, Calif.