The City of Sacramento has ordered a mandatory 20 percent reductionin water use.
California Governor Jerry Brown has asked for the same reduction statewide.
It's possible the City could use data from the water meters it has installed to identify noncompliance. But, the city's Director of Utilities Dave Brent says there will be no double standard for people because they have meters.
"I just don't think it's fair. I think the way we're doing it is a good way to do it. We're going to look at our overall production numbers. We're going to institute best management practices if you will."
~Dave Brent, Director of Utilities
There are about 136,000 single-family residences in the city.
The city is spending $77 million to have 60 percent of those residences on meters by 2016.
Record summer heat has increased fire risk in California and the Western U.S. as drought conditions expand.
Statewide water conservation exceeded the mandatory goal in May and Sacramento reduced water use 40 percent.
In the fourth year of drought in California, sales and use of "safe and sane" fireworks are restricted in some areas, allowed in others.
A California Assembly committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would allow water districts to impose taxes on any business, industry or person who wastes water.
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.