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Fines considered for excessive water use

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RIO DELL- In response to the water emergency in Rio Dell, the City Council is considering giving fines to residents who use excessive amounts of water.

Rio Dell was ordered to cease and desist water usage from the Eel River by the state, the city's only source of water. Residents have had to cut their water usage by as much as 50 percent, using 50 gallons of water per day per person.

The council will consider how much the penalty will be at their meeting on Tuesday.