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California approves $500 fine for wasting water

California authorities approved drastic new water conservation measures on Tuesday to help the state handle historically low levels of rainfall this year. The new rules include fines of up to $500 per day under some circumstances for watering a garden, washing a car, or rinsing a sidewalk. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) had already declared a drought emergency. "People don't understand the gravity of the drought," State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said. Read more at The New York Times.