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'Drought snitching' could help water shortage

Water wasted due to broken fire hydrant.
Water wasted due to broken fire hydrant.
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Everyone has witnessed overly generous sprinkler systems, forgotten garden hoses and zealous sidewalk washing.

Now that California water regulators have imposed fines up to $500 a day for water waste, how will they catch all the offenders? And there seems to be a plethora of offenders who do not know how bad the drought is.

The state has failed to reach the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Governor Jerry Brown. In fact, it increased by 1 percent this spring compared to past year. The L.A. Department of Water and Power has scant resources to patrol and police the miles of green gardens, but they ask the public to email reports of water waste at

What do you do when you see a neighbor or area business abusing water? Do you talk with them directly, or would you report them to your city’s officials?


Penny Falcon, Manager, Water Conservation Policy, Legislation, and Grants; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power