The California State Water Control Board, saying that Governor Brown's conservation measures are failing to reduce water consumption by 20 percent, today (July 15) approved fines up to $500 for residents who waste water on car washing, landscaping, and lawns.
It was a unanimous 4-0 vote. The board says water usage in May was up 1 percent from May of 2013. The board said that the fine is not so severe; the board is not asking for fewer showers, less toilet flushing, or a complete ban on outdoor irrigation.
But under the rules, you can't irrigate your lawn more than once a week and can't wash cars in driveways. Penalties will be at the discretion of local water districts.