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Californians Who Waste Water May be Fined $500 a Day

In California, the State Water Resources Control Board has declared certain types of water waste a criminal infraction similar to a speeding violation. Water use deemed excessive – such as allowing landscape watering to spill into streets and hosing off sidewalks and driveways – can be subject to fines of $500 per day. The Board has data that indicates that state residents as a whole have failed to conserve water during the worst drought in a generation.

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