California American Water begins water waste patrols

California American Water begins water waste patrols

California American Water has begun water waste patrols in its service areas in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The increased monitoring reflects ongoing drought conditions and a need to further curtail water consumption during the dry summer months.

Patrols began yesterday and will monitor for prohibited irrigation such as watering on non-designated days, overwatering, overspray and hosing down hard surfaces like driveways.

“The purpose of our water waste patrols is not to punish or shame over-watering,” said Jessica Taylor, Southern California Director of Operations. “This is yet another tool we can use to educate customers on up-to-date watering schedules and incentivize further conservation. We want to help our customers do the right thing and will provide resources and tools that can assist them.”

First time violators will receive a warning and will be prescribed corrective measures. Continued violations may result in fines.

Customers can report water waste activities and find additional information by visiting their local conservation webpage.  Ventura County District customers can visit Ventura ( and Los Angeles County District customers can visit Los Angeles (

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