Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will cost Californians up to $500 a day for violations under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators.
Examples of what to avoid include overwatering front lawns, hosing down sidewalks or washing cars without a nozzle on the hose.
The State Water Resources Control Board next week is scheduled to consider draft emergency regulations made public Tuesday. They are intended to put teeth into conservation efforts that so far have produced disappointing results.
Most of the regulations to be considered by the board are aimed at reducing outdoor water use in cities and towns. Violations would be considered infractions, and tickets could be written by any public employee empowered to enforce laws.