- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area water agency is removing drought fines for those who exceeded the district’s conservation quotas.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/21eSmA8 ) Wednesday that supply shortages in the East Bay Municipal Utility District, as in much of the state, have eased with the wet winter and stepped-up conservation efforts.

The agency is asking residential customers to continue abiding by last year’s 20 percent cutback, acknowledging that the state’s historic drought is not over. But by a unanimous vote of the agency’s board, the district will no longer impose the fines upward of $1,000, starting Tuesday, the newspaper reported.

Residential customers have been fined a total of nearly $597,000 since July. Many past violators are public figures, including Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane, retired Golden State Warriors center Adonal Foyle, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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