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.