It is now illegal for any Californian to hose down a driveway or sidewalk, or allow landscape irrigation to flood off their property.1
The drought in California is reaching "exceptional" levels according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Municipalities across the state are attempting to decrease water usage in a number of ways: cities are issuing fines and instituting public awareness campaigns. As of last Tuesday (8/19/2014), the state can now fine residents $500 per day for infractions like washing cars or letting excess water from landscaping run into the street. These new regulations help ensure that people and crops in the region have enough water. However, educating the public and identifying violators can be a complicated and expensive task.
Cities and water districts affected by this drought have used our software to send educational notifications and capture real time, crowdsourced location data of water waste. It's a multi-layered approach to water conservation supported entirely within one platform.
The City of Corona leveraged SCF software by creating a special service request category called "Water Conservation" with 8 unique answers. These answers describe the type of water waste (below) the citizen has encountered. Location, description, image/video and time are all captured in the reports to assist in planning and resolution of the report. In the past three years, there has been a notable increase in water conservation reports, mirroring the ongoing drought in California. Raising awareness and tracking current violations are essential to preserving the increasingly scarce water supply throughout the Western United States.