California agency approves hiring "water cops"

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A water agency in the Silicon Valley will hire several "water cops" to issue fines to people caught wasting water during California's historic drought.

Santa Clara Valley Water District officials voted 6-0 on Tuesday to hire up to 10 temporary workers to enforce water restrictions in the area.

The San Jose Mercury News ( ) reports the workers will respond in person to complaints about property owners who are accused of wasting water outdoors, such as spraying water onto paved surfaces instead of lawns and plants.

The water district asked its 1.8 million customers earlier this year to cut water use by 20 percent, but it has not yet met that goal.

Last week California water regulators approved fines of up to $500 a day for water wasters.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,