Beverly Hills fined for not conserving enough water

2015-10-31 16:28
A man sits and fish along the receding banks of the Salton Sea in California. (Gregory Bull, AP)

A man sits and fish along the receding banks of the Salton Sea in California. (Gregory Bull, AP)

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Sacramento - Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California's unrelenting four-year drought, officials say.

The wealthy Los Angeles area municipality was fined $61 000 on Thursday, making it the only community not located in a desert to be assessed penalties, the California State Water Resources Board said.

"Some urban water suppliers simply have not met the requirements laid before them," said Cris Carrigan, the director of the water board's Office of Enforcement.

"For these four suppliers, it's been too little too late.

"For those who aren't (conserving) and who are wasting water, you should be ashamed of yourselves," Carrigan said.

Californians are under orders from the water board and Democratic Governor Jerry Brown to cut usage by 25%  over the levels used in 2013. As a whole, the state has met that goal for four months running, regulators said.

Regulators urged continued conservation even if the El Nino weather phenomenon brings winter storms, because the rain may not fall far enough to the north to replenish vital mountain snowpack that melts in the spring to feed the state's streams and reservoirs.

"We're in a tough pickle on this," Marcus said. "We have to prepare for drought and flooding at the same time."

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