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California residents rat out neighbors for water use

California Residents Rat Out Neighbors For Water Consumption

California's severe drought has been making headlines for months, and recently residents ratting each other out has become the talk of many towns...literally.

MSNBC says, "They've set up hotlines where people can call and say things like 'I see my neighbor washing his car.'"

See how other Californian residents responded on Twitter:

Fox News reports, "If I in the middle of the night, as some neighbors are doing, are sneaking out. One woman is saying her husband is sneaking out at night and waters the lawn. And you're waking up and it's green, you know he's doing it."

Some California water districts have been given their own Conservation Hotline number. This year those hotlines have been used plenty.

The New York Times reports in the past five months, water consumption has only decreased 5 percent. But after the request to keep neighbors accountable, Sacramento alone has already received about 6,000 complaints.

Some are also using social media to call people out - and not just their neighbors.

The Times pointed to a tweet about a city worker washing a sidewalk. The tweet reads, "Is washing the sidewalk with water a good idea in the drought @sfgov?"

Back in January, California's governor gave residents a warning about the drought's severity, and what needed to happen to save water.

ABC says, "Don't flush more than you have to. Don't shower longer than you need to... Every day this drought goes on, we're going to have to tighten the screws on what people are doing."

‚ÄčThe Sacramento Bee notes residents have been asked to only water their yards twice a week and they've even been given specific days at which they can.

The City of Sacramento is even offering a lawn sign that reads "Gold is the New Green" to let neighbors know they're doing their part to conserve water.

California has had less than a fourth of its normal rain fall this year, and unfortunately, after all this, people aren't cutting back much on their water usage.

The New York Times says, "In five months since the drought emergency was declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years."

According to News Channel Daily, some county parks have had to close their camping areas because of water scarcity. And some couples have even had to cancel their wedding plans if they were scheduled at those parks.

This intense drought it predicted to last until at least September.

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gserlin July 15 2014 at 8:01 AM

What California needs is more Central American and Mexican refugees to help use up the water. Californians deserve them. Send them all to the "sanctuary cities", where they will do the most good.

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thescot July 15 2014 at 6:11 AM

People who think that green grass is more important than the good of all are selfish bastard who deserve to be ratted out.

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R July 15 2014 at 10:18 AM

Nothing but nosey busy-bodies. Mind your own business people - let the authorities do the job.

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vendelavee July 15 2014 at 8:14 AM

Funny all the lawns of the 1 percenters in California are just as green as ever.

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Steve-a-rino July 15 2014 at 9:10 AM

Funny how illegal watering makes people call the Water Hotline to report flagrant violations of the water law, and then they hop in their cars and drive impaired, violate speed limits, stop signs, red lights, pass without signals, text, yap on the phone, park in "no parking" areas . . . we need a list of laws we WILL enforce so we can ignore the rest.

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puff13puffpass Steve-a-rino July 15 2014 at 11:29 AM

There is a difference between the Water POPO and the regular POPO. I have had a PO Officer tell me, after showing him someone following too close, "I can not afford to write a ticket." Well then what is your job, standing around collecting overtime

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hark4109 July 15 2014 at 9:22 AM

Why would people be so worried about their grass?

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Mike July 15 2014 at 9:13 AM

Are they also reporting folks who shower?

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Nina July 15 2014 at 10:10 AM

The problem with this is what ordinance is passed to keep the HOA at bay. A gold lawn as they state will get you many letters asking you to replace the lawn of face fees. So which is it?

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Debb July 15 2014 at 10:14 AM

Now if they do that in LAS VEGAS and dhut down all the wasted water on glof corses lake MEED will last longer for all of US !!!! Sang fools all this was Desert and will be for the nex 100 years for all we can see... take your back east wants n ways back to where it FRIGGWN rains more than 3 inches a YEAR !!!!

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puff13puffpass Debb July 15 2014 at 11:26 AM

Lake Mead, intelligent one

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Ma Fosz July 15 2014 at 8:42 AM

It looks like California Republicans are voicing their opinion about climate change by using as much water as they can.

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