The Latest: Beverly Hills vows to continue drought outreach

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Posted: Oct 30, 2015 6:32 PM
The Latest: Beverly Hills vows to continue drought outreach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on California fining water suppliers amid its devastating drought (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Beverly Hills officials say they may impose new penalties and hire extra staff in order to meet water conservation goals that the city so far has failed to meet.

The statement is in response to news Friday that California is fining four cities for failing to meet a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use as the state battles persistent drought.

The $61,000 fines are being imposed on Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District.

Coachella Valley Water District officials said in a statement that they, too, will consider new ways to encourage conservation.

Californians as a whole have cut back their water consumption by more than 25 percent since Gov. Jerry Brown put that mandate into effect last June.

1 p.m.

State officials for the first time are fining California water suppliers for failing to meet a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use in the state's battle against widespread drought.

The $61,000 fines are being imposed on Beverly Hills, Indio, Redlands and the Coachella Valley Water District.

However, for a fourth straight month, Californians as a whole have cut back their water consumption by more than 25 percent since Gov. Jerry Brown put that mandate into effect last June.

In September, Californians reduced water use by more than 26 percent.

Statewide cutbacks amounted to 27 percent in August, 31 percent in July and 27 percent in June.

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12:30 a.m.

The State Water Resources Control Board is poised to reveal what enforcement methods it is taking to ensure people continue to reduce their monthly water use by 25 percent during California's relentless drought.

Water board officials say they'll talk about recent enforcement action on Friday when they release the state's water conservation figures for September.

So far Californians have reduced water consumption by more than 25 percent every month since Gov. Jerry Brown put that mandate into effect last June.

The August reduction of 27 percent caused some concern, however, because it was less than the 31 percent recorded in July.

State officials say it's important not to backslide now because the drought is far from over.

They have threatened fines and other action if reductions don't continue.