State water regulators are considering fines up to $500 to enforce emergency restrictions on urban water use like irrigating lawns and car washing due to the state’s severe drought, because conservation efforts so far aren’t producing enough results.
By Jessica Calefati and Denis Cuff, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 07/09/14, 7:58 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago
SACRAMENTO — Few Californians listened earlier this year when Gov. Jerry Brown begged them to conserve water. So now, with no end to the extreme dry weather in sight, state officials are poised to slap water wasters with unprecedented fines of up to $500 a day.