"Water Cops" Patrol Drought-Stricken Los Angeles, Searching For Violators
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has a team of water conservationist police patrolling city streets and sidewalks for water wasters. The 'water cops' also investigate hundreds of complaints by neighbors (or so-called 'Karens') who report one another about water wasting.
AFP spoke with one water specialist, Damon Ayala, who rides around Los Angeles, writing down addresses of homes where he finds evidence of infringement of the strictest ever conservation rules that went into effect early last month.
Effective June 1, outdoor watering is restricted to two days per week, down from three. Households are prohibited from watering lawns between 0900 and 1600 local time. LADWP has asked residents not to clean sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas with water.
Those violating the ordinance will be warned the first time but will escalate with fines for repeat offenders. LADWP can restrict water flow to household supply on the fifth offense.
Ayala’s hunt for water wasters comes as the western half of the US is facing one of the worst droughts in years.
The big issue is reservoirs in the state, feeding metro areas, are dangerously low.