L.A. County Water Users Could Get Soaked!

Next Tuesday, when the LA County Board of Supervisors meets, a proposal will be considered to triple fines for those in unincorporated areas who aren't hitting their water conservation cuts. At this week's meeting, though, the goal was to hear from the public on the idea of raising surcharges.

Supervisor Don Knabe says he supports tripling the fines "...whatever it takes. He says, "I like the step up. I wouldn't want to triple the fines overnight but as long as its a step up. To Knabe, some people aren't acting like there's a serious drought. He says, "It's real".

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One of the areas in Knabe's district is Marina Del Rey which is well known for its boats and high-rise apartments and condos. In some, people pay their own water bills. In others, the building owner gets the bill. But, all are facing a tripling of fines if they don't meet their state mandate cuts. Some residents aren't happy. One apartment dweller, who didn't want to be identified said, "My reaction is it's not right for the people to suffer in our private lives." She said she is conserving wherever possible, but the proposed fines are too much.

Other unincorporated areas affected include Antelope Valley. Michelle Lewis lives in Lancaster. She told the board during a public session "If these do go into effect starting June 1st, the fines would be extreme across thousands of your customers. Says Michelle, "I believe most people on a fixed income can not handle these kinds of cuts or fines that LA County Waterworks is proposing."

The public hearing that started at this week's meeting will be continued at next week's on Tuesday.

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