Like many Californians, I was frustrated to learn of this development in Sacramento regarding the Water Crisis. From the Sacramento Bee.
On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the unprecedented step of declaring certain types of water waste a criminal infraction similar to a speeding violation. Water use deemed excessive – such as allowing landscape watering to spill into streets, and hosing off sidewalks and driveways – can be subject to fines of $500 per day.
We do need conservation and better storage, as well as serious R&D in reusable water, but legislators placing the blame on residents, businesses and farmers without looking at themselves in the mirror is childish and simply passing the buck. Too many decisions made by our government have contributed to our water shortage, an issue only magnified by the obvious impact of the drought we have faced. Fining people is not the answer.