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DENVER -- About 400 people called Denver Water during a
recent week to rat on their neighbors for violating the city's new
mandatory water restrictions. Thousands more called just asking for
Another 300 e-mails have come in with similar concerns and
complaints, said Trina McGuire-Collier, water department spokeswoman.
``We can't be everywhere at once, so we appreciate knowing,'' she
The restrictions, which took effect near the first of the month,
allow customers to water their lawns every third day for a maximum of
three hours. No watering is allowed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
All outdoor fountains are required to be shut off, hoses cannot be
used to clear sidewalks and restaurants can only serve water upon
Most violators are watering their lawns between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
or on the wrong days. One customer has been issued a warning.
One person called the water department's hotline asking for extra
watering days to keep bonsai plants alive, and another insisted on 12
hours to water her lawn, McGuire-Collier said.
Denver Water officials have issued more than 200 ``friendly
reminders'' to customers not following the rules, McGuire-Collier
``We won't be patient with people we know understand the rules and
are violating it,'' said Charles Jordan of Denver Water. ``But we
will be patient with those who are not familiar with it.''
Water use has fallen by between 25 and 30 percent since the
restrictions went into effect.
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