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.
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There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal – if any – is still months away.
Many people in the Sacramento region responded to calls to conserve water, using less last month than in the previous two Februaries. Many cities have not met conservation goals.
The city of Sacramento is moving ahead with a plan to offer rebates to people who rip out their front lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping.