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Major Fines For Breaking Water Restrictions In California

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By Paul Johnson

Solvang, California (CNN) - A California community is taking drastic steps to deal with the prolonged drought that's already turned many lawns brown in the Santa Ynez valley city.
Stricter rules are about to be put in place for Solvang, near Santa Barbara.
Like many local cities, Solvang is worried about water supplies running out with no rain in sight.
The city council was expected to declare a stage-two drought at Tuesday night's meeting.
All customers have to cut back on their water use - even beyond what they've done so far.
And there are heftier financial penalties.
One resident said she understands.
Resident Jimmie Jo Edwards said, “Have to implement a fine so the people will go, oh if I go over this amount I'm going to pay double, and then that's a way of getting people to have a little common sense going through their pocketbook I think, and I don't blame them for doing it, it's something that has to be done.”
Throughout the city, residential lawns are brown on many streets.
And some homeowners have changed to drought tolerant landscaping or decorative rocks.


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