Flow restrictors installed for California water guzzlers

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The worst of southern California’s water users who refuse to conserve during a drought are finding that water flow restriction devices are being installed by their service provider.

While it sounds ominous, not too many customers are affected.

Homeowners who are using more than 150% of their water allotment are given the choice to conserve or have the restrictive device installed for two weeks. With the device, water is still available in the kitchen and bathroom, but outside sprinklers do not work. Showers are, in the words of ABC News, “Navy ShowersOpens in a new tab.” that last only two minutes until the fresh water runs out.

Just a handful of homeowners have had the device installed, choosing instead to conserve.

For those who do find their water flow restricted, removing the flow restriction device is not an option.  Anyone trying to remove it could face a $2,500 fine, according to CBS News in Los AngelesOpens in a new tab..  People who repeatedly use more water than allowed could be cut off.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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