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California approves $500-a-day fine for wasting water

SACRAMENTO- Faced with years of drought, the state is imposing hefty fines on people who waste water.
 
Tuesday night, the state water resources control voted unanimously to adopt drought regulations that would fine those who waste water up to $500 a day.
 
Under the new rules, practices such as allowing runoff from outdoor sprinklers, hosing down driveways and sidewalks, and using drinking water in ornamental fountains that don't re-circulate could lead to fines.
 
The emergency rules is scheduled to take effect August 1st. Local governments and water districts would primarily enforce the fine.