(AP) - Residents of the Fresno County city of Clovis will no longer be fined if they use too much water after this month.
The Fresno Bee reports that Clovis City Council members voted to increase awareness of conservation programs using the money from fines and reduce landscape watering to one day per week beginning Nov. 1.
City officials say they are suspending the fines because they are less likely to be effective now that residents are reducing water use as temperatures drop.
Clovis customers who failed to cut water consumption by 36 percent compared to their monthly bills in 2013 were fined a combined total of over $269,000 in August alone. Fines went up by 50 percent from July for repeat offenders. In total, the city expects to collect about $750,000 from the fine program.