California fines water suppliers amid drought

Oct 30, 2015 4:15 PM by News Staff

State officials for the first time are fining California water suppliers for failing to meet a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use in the state's battle against widespread drought.

The $61,000 fines are being imposed on Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District.

However, for a fourth straight month, Californians as a whole have cut back their water consumption by more than 25 percent since Gov. Jerry Brown put that mandate into effect last June.

In September, Californians reduced water use by more than 26 percent.

Statewide cutbacks amounted to 27 percent in August, 31 percent in July and 27 percent in June.


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