Lakewood : Surcharges for Excessive Water Use Imposed by Law

An ordinance imposing fines for misusing water and surcharges for excessive use was adopted Tuesday by the Lakewood City Council, making it the sixth city in the Southeast area to take such action against the drought.

The measure, which calls for voluntary water reduction of 10%, goes into effect immediately. Fines of $25 to $75 will be levied against those caught washing down driveways and sidewalks, using decorative fountains without recirculating water, washing cars with a free-running hose, or not repairing plumbing leaks. Drinking water will not be served in restaurants unless requested, and watering of lawns is prohibited during the day.

For residents who rack up multiple offenses, the city will install flow-restricting devices for 24 hours or 48 hours, depending on the infraction, that reduce water flow to one gallon per minute.