Drought conditions have prompted the City of Sacramento to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against people who ignore the rules.
The region is faced with historically low water levels on the American River and a long-range forecast featuring little, if any, rain. The Associated Press cites The Sacramento Bee in reporting that the Tuesday night City Council vote was unanimous.
The council approved regulations requiring those who live and work in Sacramento to reduce their water use by between 20 percent and 30 percent. The city will also dispatch a task force of monitors to patrol city streets and enforce rules that limit outdoor watering.