California Proposes ‘Unprecedented’ $1.5 Million Fine For Alleged Water Theft
California regulators are adopting something of a “no tolerance” policy for water theft.
“State officials have proposed fining a group of farmers an unprecedented $1.5 million for allegedly stealing water during the state’s devastating drought, the first fine levied against an individual or district with senior rights that are more than a century old,” the Associated Press reported.
The drought that has dragged on for four years in California has sparked tough policies reining in water consumption by individual, industrial, and agricultural users. The fine aims to extend cutback policies to the notoriously hard-to-reach black market for water.
“The state is fighting off court challenges to its authority to control water use and doubts over whether it has the resources to enforce its orders,” the report said.
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