California fines 4 water agencies $61K for waste

October 31, 2015 4:13 AM

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COACHELLA, Calif. — California's water board brought the hammer down on four Southern California water agencies Friday, fining the Coachella Valley Water District and Indio $61,000 apiece for failing to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's conservation mandate.

The fines were a long time coming. From June through September, homes and businesses served by the Coachella Valley Water District cut back just 27.1%, short of their 36% target. Indio was at 21.6%, far from its 32% goal.

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