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Agency may hire ‘water cops’

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POSTED July 22, 2014 8:57 p.m.

SAN JOSE (AP) — A water agency in the Silicon Valley is considering a plan to hire several “water cops” to prevent residents from wasting water during California’s historic drought.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District on Tuesday will vote on whether to spend $500,000 to hire 10 temporary workers to enforce water restrictions in the area.

If approved, the workers will check in person on complaints involving property owners who are accused of wasting water including sprinklers spraying onto paved surfaces, instead of lawns and plants.

The water district asked its 1.8 million customers in Santa Clara County earlier this year to cut its water use by 20 percent compared to last year, but it has not yet met that goal.

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