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L.A. takes gentle approach to conserving water during drought
L.A. takes gentle approach to conserving water during drought

For all the tough talk about cracking down on water wasters, Los Angeles and other California cities are choosing gentle coaxing over costly fines. Los Angeles officials announced Monday that they are beefing up their water-wasting patrols but will keep their policy of educating and warning violators rather than fining them. New state rules allow fines up to $500 per day for water wasters, and local authorities have their own penalties. But Max Gomberg, the State Water Resources Control Board senior environmental scientist, said relatively few fines have been handed out. "Usually, just getting a notice is going to take care of whatever the issue is," Gomberg said. "The...

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