If residents won’t voluntarily conserve water, three Southern California cities are going to impose daily fines of up to $500 for anyone not complying with conservation efforts. The cities of Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill already have strict water conservation policies that mirror the ones approved Tuesday by the State Water Quality Control Board.
The restrictions include violations such as:
• Water can’t be served at restaurants unless customers request it.
• Leaks in plumbing and irrigation systems must be repaired immediately.
• Drinking water may not be used in a fountain or decorative device except when the water is recirculated.
• Motels and hotels must offer customers the option of refusing daily towel and linen service.
• A water conserving dishwasher is required in new and substantially remodeled restaurant kitchens.
• Landscape watering is limited to between 10 and 15 minutes no more than three times a week.
• Water runoff is not allowed.
• Washing paved surfaces is restricted, except for sanitary reasons.
• An automatic shut-off nozzle must be used when washing vehicles.
The cities also punish violators with fines up to $500 a day, although they have a sliding scale that starts with a warning and builds for repeat violations.
Now one simple way to conserve water (and avoid such hefty fines) is to take #shortershowers. The iMShowerSmart is an easy way to modify your shower behavior and take shorter showers. And once you do that… you’ll be more aware of where you are using water and avoid wasting it needlessly.