A city in California is taking the drought very seriously.
The Santa Cruz Water Department slapped a $3,000 fine on a man for a leak caused by a running toilet, NBC affiliate KSBW reported Wednesday.
The man had the leaky toilet for eight days, the station reported.
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The man, who was not identified, was able to avoid the hefty penalty by deciding to attend “water school,” a free, one-time class which teaches participants how to manage water at their property, read a water meter, find and fix leaks among other things.
Santa Cruz Water Department conservation manager Toby Goddard told KSBW that the penalty for having a running toilet for eight days ranged between $3,000 to $4,000.
“That's a terrible situation, of course it was eliminated by his attending water school,” he said.
Santa Cruz city officials are cracking down on water wasters, with residents paying more than half a million dollars in fines since the city declared a Stage 3 drought emergency two months ago.
Goddard said most of the fines were rescinded after water wasters attended water school, which is held on Monday nights.