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Would a $500 fine get you to stop wasting water?




Long Beach residents will only be able to water their lawns three days a week, for 10 minutes each day.
Long Beach residents will only be able to water their lawns three days a week, for 10 minutes each day.
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Californians caught wasting water may soon face stiff fines. State water officials are considering penalties up to $500 a day for washing a car without a proper nozzle or flooding lawns. Will this latest strategy work? So far, despite a record drought, most regions in the state have failed to make big gains in water conservation. What else can be done?

For more, we're joined by Stephanie Pincetl, director of UCLA's California Center for Sustainable Communities.

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