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"With less than a year’s supply of water stored and conservation efforts lacking, the Marin Municipal Water District might impose more severe water use restrictions, with fines up to hundreds of dollars.

One month after the district imposed a 40% conservation mandate, its 191,000 customers in central and southern Marin have fallen far short of the goal. Conservation only reached a peak of 8.9% in late May.

“I think where we are with supply and not seeing the conservation signal that we’re asking for and we need, we may need to move to actions that do feel a bit more restrictive and even controlling,” Ben Horenstein, the general manager, told the district board on Tuesday.

In response, the district intends to take a gradual approach and will consider tightening restrictions in the coming weeks, including limiting outdoor sprinkler use from two days per week to just one day on an assigned day. If the late fall does not bring more rain, the district will consider limiting households and businesses to a daily water allotment similar to the 1976-77 drought or set individual conservation targets that could be enforced by fines."

FULL STORY: https://www.marinij.com/2021/0...
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