The City Council has passed a water conservation ordinance that imposes fines for water waste and surcharges for excessive use.
The ordinance, which is seeking a water-use reduction of 10%, goes into effect immediately. Fines of $25 to $75 will be levied against South Gate residents for such violations as washing down driveways and sidewalks, not repairing plumbing leaks, and washing vehicles with excessive amounts of water. Drinking water will not be served in restaurants unless requested.
The city will install a flow-restricting device on water meters of customers who continue to violate the ordinance. The device will reduce water flow to one gallon per minute.
The measure was implemented despite the recent rains because the state is still in the midst of a drought, officials said.