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Hitting the streets with LA's only full-time water cop




Rick Silva is the only guy who patrols LA streets full time, looking for water waste. Being the LADWP's only full-time water cop also means plenty of paperwork; violators of LA's mandatory landscape watering restrictions get a letter in the mail when they're noticed.
Rick Silva is the only guy who patrols LA streets full time, looking for water waste. Being the LADWP's only full-time water cop also means plenty of paperwork; violators of LA's mandatory landscape watering restrictions get a letter in the mail when they're noticed.
KPCC/Molly Peterson
Rick Silva is the only guy who patrols LA streets full time, looking for water waste. Being the LADWP's only full-time water cop also means plenty of paperwork; violators of LA's mandatory landscape watering restrictions get a letter in the mail when they're noticed.
The City of LA's watering ordinance permits sprinklers before 9 A.M. and after 4 P.M., on alternating days for even and odd-numbered addresses. LADWP "water cop" Rick Silva says when he sees sprinklers that need adjustment, he sends homeowners a letter about them.
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California's drought stretches on and municipal governments are working on ways to save water. About 45 cities — including Los Angeles — patrol their streets looking for water wasters.

KPCC's Molly Peterson hit the beat with LA's only full-time water cop.