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SANTA FE -- Santa Fe has ticketed 625 water company
customers who were caught violating severe water restrictions the
capital city imposed in June because of drought.
Just over half -- 51 percent -- of the citations since
restrictions went into effect this summer were given to businesses,
Public Utilities Department Director Dennis Gee said. About 27
percent of the citations went to homes, while apartments and city
parks each have received 6 percent, state and federal government
buildings 5 percent, schools 4 percent and churches 1 percent, he
``I know we'll pay for (citing churches) in this life or the
next,'' Gee joked.
Santa Fe remains under stage 3 water restrictions, which prohibit
planting new landscaping, watering outdoor plants more than once a
week, washing vehicles at home, or using ornamental fountains.
Water company officials predicted water restrictions will remain
in effect through the winter.
The department did not break down figures to show whether anyone
was cited for repeat violations, but Gee said most were one-time
Many water company customers were cited for watering on the wrong
day of the week. The restrictions limit when someone can water.
Other citations were for allowing water to run beyond the property
line or for such prohibited activities as washing cars at home, Gee
A first offense costs $20. Second offenses are $50, while third
offenses cost $100.
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