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What a 'Water Conservation Ordinance' Citation Looks Like & How it Works

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Here's what a citation from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power looks like. Luckily, if its your first time, there's no monetary punishment, just a conversation with a conservation team member, which could be its own sort of punishment depending on who you are. If they visit you again, you're looking at $100 or more.

But what happens when joe citizen reports their neighbor? We noticed someone's sprinklers on yesterday so we gave it a try. This particular case presented two problems. One; it was a Sunday and water sprinklers are verboten except for Mondays and Thursdays and two; the sprinkler was concentrating on the sidewalk (very bad, very annoying).

We called 3-1-1, who connected us to DWP, who took the information down. The operator told us the homeowner would get a citation, but an official with DWP told us that was incorrect of her to say.