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WAILUKU, Hawaii — A Maui County Council committee has approved an ordinance that would limit when residents, resorts, and businesses could water their yards.
It would be the first such ordinance in the state if the full council passes the measure.
The proposed rule would restrict watering to three days a week between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.
Violators face fines of up to $500.
Water Resource Committee Chairwoman Michelle Anderson says the restrictions are necessary because of Maui's limited water resources.
She cites studies showing the Iao aquifer water levels are dropping and its salt levels are rising.
Some people and businesses would be exempted from the rules, including golf courses and other properties that rely on brackish or reclaimed water.
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