Enforcement and Fines

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The SWRCB’s July 15 emergency regulation gives cities and water agencies the flexibility to use existing, local processes to enforce the restrictions. One particular component of the regulation, however, generated a fair amount of attention from the news media and raised concerns among many citizens - the emergency regulations provide local cities and agencies the option of assessing a fine of up to $500 a day for violations, if warranted.

The City has provided extensive public education through letters, door hangers, messages on water bills and social media platforms and posted signs throughout the community to alert customers of the need to follow the State mandated water restrictions. City staff has enforcement responsibilities to ensure compliance with Newport Beach Municipal Code 14.16, which includes, but are not limited to, the use of verbal warnings, notices of violations and administrative citations ($100, $200 and $500).

The City is not posting a charge on customer’s municipal statements for being over their 15 percent reduction goal. However, the City is reviewing all water accounts for egregious or repeated high consumption. Customers that do not meet the drought regulations or do not reduce repeated high consumption will receive a verbal warning, notice of violation or administrative citation ($100, $200 and $500) at the discretion of the City. We prefer to see customers willingly comply with the state’s regulations.

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