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California's New Website Lets You Tattle On Water Wasters

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You can file a complaint against this toddler (Photo by FamVeld via Shutterstock)
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Droughtshaming isn't going away any time soon. California has launched a website that allows you to tattle on any water wasters you encounter. The new site, SaveWater, went live on Thursday, according to CBS LA. It allows users to anonymously submit reports and photos of water wasting. This can include people who are watering lawns when they're not supposed to, leaky sprinklers and people hosing down sidewalks or driveways. There also a couple ones weird ones: if a server brings you water at a bar or restaurant that you didn't ask for, you can tell on them. You can also report hotels or motels that don't give you an option to save used towels or linens for repeated use.

Once a report is filed, the local water agency will then investigate the claim. The website states that you don't actually need to know which agency is the right one to file a report. "The website does it for you!" the site cheerily proclaims. If you're curious, you can find your local water agency here. You can find tips on conserving water here.

This new site should be a fun resource for Tony Corcoran, a local man who has uploaded over 100 video of water wasters to his YouTube channel. There's also an app that allows users to report and share water wasters. This app is not related to the new website.