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Water conservation in California can no longer be voluntary
Water conservation in California can no longer be voluntary

Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to voluntarily cut their water usage by 20% to help preserve the state's already limited supply during this severe drought. But sometimes, asking nicely doesn't work. Between January and May, water use was reduced by a measly 5%. Clearly, the voluntary approach isn't enough — water use is even up in some communities — and the state needs to take a harder line. Next week the State Water Resources Control Board will vote on whether to impose fines of up to $500 a day on people who blatantly waste water by, for example, spraying down sidewalks, or washing cars without a nozzle on the hose, or allowing sprinklers to overflow lawns. The...

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