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Should California water wasters face jail? A drought debate
Should California water wasters face jail? A drought debate

State water officials bolstered existing emergency regulations this month in response to another year of drought. The new rules came with a warning, too: Even tougher restrictions could be on the way if water agencies and their customers don’t step up their conservation efforts. But unlike during water crises of the 1970s and 1990s, there was no mention of sending water wasters to jail. MORE: No, California won't run out of water in a year In 1977, amid one of California’s most severe droughts, the Metropolitan Water District proposed a “model” ordinance to penalize repeat water wasters with “a fine of up to $300 or 30 days in jail or...

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