Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Augusta Water Officials Tough on Ban Breakers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Augusta Water Officials Tough on Ban Breakers

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Scofflaws who turned on their sprinklers despite a countywide watering ban quickly learned not to mess with the water police.

Augusta-Richmond County officials cut off water to about 37 homes and four businesses caught watering their grass during the ban imposed to help the water system recover froma summer drought.

For three weeks during August, water officials patrolled Richmond County for residents who were breaking the bans. The area's water reservoir and tank levels have since recovered from the drought.

"It we catch them, we cut them off. We have demonstrated that we will do it," said Max Hicks, Augusta Utilities director.

All that most water violators needed was a little taste of Hicks' authority. After two hours of dry taps, their water was turned back on.

Jan Findley was angry when the utilities department cut off water service to her Fairington home after she was caught with her sprinklers on last month. …

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