Sacramento looking for ways to crack down on water wasters

The grand Craftsman for sale on 38th Street in east Sacramento looked every bit as wonderful as its $1.1 million asking price. It was nonetheless a scofflaw.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the 3,600-square-foot home was violating a new city rule that bans landscape irrigation between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

It also broke another rule in place for at least a decade: Sprinklers were flooding the gutter halfway down the block, violating a basic ban on water waste.

As the city rolls out new watering rules, it faces a daunting task: Sacramentans, who enjoy life at the confluence of two major rivers, have grown accustomed to limitless access to water – a regional perk that may now be history.

To hold onto its ample water rights, and to gain state approval for future water projects, Sacramento must demonstrate it uses water wisely. That's one reason for new watering rules, which are modest by California standards.

Spreading the gospel will be difficult.

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