Man-made drought watch: CA city offers ‘water school’ in lieu of $500 fines

Man-made drought watch: CA city offers ‘water school’ in lieu of $500 fines

[Ed. – Because there’s nothing progressives love more than reeducating the populace.]

On Tuesday, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for overuse of water, in an effort to penalize those who do not conserve amidst the state’s crippling drought. Now, Santa Cruz residents with hefty water fines can attend the Santa Cruz Water School, a free, one-time class that, if completed successfully, eliminates all water penalties outright.

“We don’t want to penalize people,” Santa Cruz Water District spokeswoman Eileen Cross told KSBW. “We want to educate people, because water is so precious and we all need to do everything we can to conserve, and so it’s an opportunity for us to educate the public.”

The class runs for about two hours and, like traffic school, erases fines in exchange for education. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, areas of focus include instruction on finding water meters, the severity of California’s drought, and “Basics of Municipal Utilities Services.” …

One resident had a $4,400 fine for overuse of water due to an unknown leak, according to the report. However, after two hours in water school, the fine was gone. …

According to the Chronicle, Santa Cruz has some of the strictest water rationing regulations in all of California. Most households are allowed 249 gallons of water a day; in the first month that new regulations went into effect, 1,635 account violations led to $341,000 worth of fines citywide.

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