AirTalk for July 9, 2014

Not so fast with that water hose; California considers mandatory water fines

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A gardener walks past a row of sprinklers watering plants and foliage in front of an apartment complex in South Pasadena, California on January 21, 2014.

Wasting water while washing your car or watering your lawn could soon cost Californians up to $500 a day for violations under “get-tough” water restrictions being proposed today by state regulators.

The State Water Resources Control Board is scheduled to consider enforcing emergency regulations as early as next week.

We’ll talk about what the infractions will look like and what urban areas they’ll be focusing on. We’ll also debate whether this is the best way to curb urban use. In a state where agricultural by and large uses the most water, can curbing urban water use still make a difference?

Guests:

Molly Peterson, KPCC Environmental Correspondent

Ed Osann, Senior Policy Analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council Water Program; he focuses on the efficient use of urban water

 


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