Beverly Hills faces penalty for not saving enough water – Los Angeles Times

The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face financial penalties for falling short of state water conservation mandates, officials said Friday.

Statewide, Californians cut their urban water use in September by 26.1% compared with the same month in 2013, regulators said. The reduction was below the 27% decline recorded in August and the 31% savings in July.

In addition to Beverly Hills, the cities of Indio and Redlands, and the Coachella Valley Water District were issued a $61,000 penalty for failing to meet their conservation mandates, officials said.

Cris Carrigan, director of the Office of Enforcement of the State Water Resources Control Board, said he is “sure” there are water users in Beverly Hills that are “very conscientious and doing their part.”

“To those who aren’t, and are wasting water,” he added, “I’d say yes, you should be ashamed of yourselves.” 

Beverly Hills officials could not immediately reached for comment.

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