California agency to consider hiring “water cops”

By From page A10 | July 23, 2014

SAN JOSE — A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several “water cops” to prevent residents from wasting water during California’s historic drought.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District on Tuesday will vote on whether to spend $500,000 to hire 10 temporary workers to enforce water restrictions in the area, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

If approved, the workers will check in person on complaints involving property owners who are accused of wasting water including sprinklers spraying onto paved surfaces, instead of lawns and plants.

The water district asked its 1.8 million customers in Santa Clara County earlier this year to cut its water use by 20 percent compared to last year, but it has not yet met that goal.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • Tax PayerJuly 23, 2014 - 5:42 am

    There you go, more cops to police water versus deal with the criminals running wild in the state. California, way to go!

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  • JimboJuly 23, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    As if someone who can see lawn sprinklers running at the wrong time or too long must also have full police academy training just to do so. Sheesh.

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