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DROUGHT:

Calif. approves fines for urban water wasters

Californians could face fines for washing cars under emergency drought regulations passed by state regulators yesterday.

The State Water Resources Control Board gave local agencies the power to fine residents up to $500 per day for activities including watering lawns to the point of causing runoff, using a nozzleless hose to wash a motor vehicle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature unless the water is recirculated.

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