Dozens of Sacramento city employees are driving around responding to complaints and warning residents who water lawns on prohibited days. Gentle reminders are preferred, but fines are slapped on repeat offenders.
Residents are encouraged to report scofflaw neighbors as the city tries to cut its water use by 20 percent. Other cities say they don't need to go to similar lengths because they make water waste expensive or have permanent conservation rules.
Los Angeles, which kept water restrictions from the last drought, plans to only have four people patrolling its city.