OAKLAND -- The East Bay Municipal Utility District is moving to declare several water wasting practices illegal in the drought, but without imposing fines to enforce the rules.

The district board agreed Tuesday to hold a public hearing at its meeting 1:15 p.m. August 12 on a proposed emergency drought regulation.

The rules would make it mandatory not to flood pavement with runoff, and not to water lawns more than twice a week. Water customers also would be required to have a shut-off nozzle on their hose when they wash cars.

The district already asks its customers to take these measures voluntarily, but state water officials are urging suppliers throughout California to enact mandatory bans against water wasting practices.

East Bay water customers would not be fined for violating the rules, but the district could install water flow restrictors on mains leading to homes or businesses of persistent violators.

Water wasters in the district have shaped up after getting messages or visits from district employees this year, officials say.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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