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How strict are water(ing) sanctions where you live?

Asked by mee_ouch (656points) August 9th, 2008

Depending on which side of the world you reside, summer heat is on the rise and so is water usage. Does your municipality impose strict rules for enforcing water conservation?

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aisyna's avatar

Ya we live in Texas and when we have droughts you are only allowed to water your grass 2 times a week and at certain times through out the day. I remeber when me and my brother were younger we would put on your swimsuites and take a shower out side with the water hose, so when we showerd we also watered the grass, but it was fun to do when your a kid.

jrpowell's avatar

I live in Oregon (Willamette Valley). I don’t recall ever having any restrictions.

But I could go play in the snow right now if I wanted to. We still have some serious snow up in the mountains.

mee_ouch's avatar

Doesn’t Oregon have a fairly wet climate?

arnbev959's avatar

I live in Northern New Jersey. We don’t have any restrictions.

jrpowell's avatar

Oregon has been known to have two seasons. Rain and August.

Cardinal's avatar

Same as johnpowell, no rewstrictions. Cancelled a hike today due to melting snow at the end point. Too sloppy.

BTW, It’s raining right now, at least in Seattle area.

mee_ouch's avatar

Where I live, it’s ‘winter and construction’. LOL
Melting snow? Wow, I thought our winters were bad.

Allie's avatar

I live near Sacramento, California (Davis, actually) and we don’t have water restrictions. I have a feeling I’d personally be screwed if we did. I take showers that I’ll admit are way too long.

tinyfaery's avatar

Here is some info regarding L.A. water use. I also heard that if consumption isn’t reduced, and rainfall does not increase, L.A. will start rationing water as soon as next year. Yikes!

mee_ouch's avatar

Isn’t that odd though; with yearly wild-fires wouldn’t there be more need? Or is the ocean water utilized for such a matter. And for that matter, do such fires occur where you live?

mee_ouch's avatar

How awful.
How remiss of Arnie not to install some form of restriction back when the threat wasn’t as prevalent.

Allie's avatar

mee_ouch: Farther north, they use water from the ocean and Lake Tahoe to fight fires (if it’s close enough of course). There are also a few rivers and (I’m not sure, but..) they might draw water from there – the Sacramento River, American River, San Joaquin River, and also the Sacramento Delta, Suisun Bay and a bit farther the San Francisco Bay. Around here we have small fires that pop up along side the freeways.. and they usually don’t last long because the fire department gets to the scene asap. When California was battling the 100+ fires the nearest one was in Fairfield/Napa which is about 30–40 miles away. That one burned for quite a bit until they got it contained. They might have had water restrictions closer to the fire, but none were implemented in the city I live in.

syz's avatar

Durham, NC allows watering on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 6am-9am and from 6pm-9pm. If you are caught watering outside of those times, there is a $2000 fine.

tinyfaery's avatar

Wow. And I thought L.A. was strict.

syz's avatar

We’re in our third year of severe drought here.

tinyfaery's avatar

Us too syz. Plus all the fires. Maybe your water source is more depleted than ours. Plus, I suppose CA has more money to bargain for water.

mee_ouch's avatar

Holy sh*t!!!!!
Is Durham a landlocked region?

It would seem you have plenty of resources, but I suppose the dry climate has been the big culprit. Yes?

syz's avatar

We are indeed landlocked. We use lakes (resevoirs) for our water. Until very recently, I could’ve walked across most of them.

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