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State-Water-Board-ordered water restrictions began Tuesday, July 29, and will remain in effect for the next 270 days.

All California residents and business owners could face a hefty fine under new water restrictions that went into effect Tuesday.

The new statewide regulations crack down on excessive outdoor watering that flows down the street. Hosing down sidewalks and driveways, as well as washing a car without a shut of nozzle are also prohibited.

Failure to comply with the rules could cost violators a fine of up to $500 a day. There is an exception for health and safety situations.

Local water agencies and districts are authorized to enforce the water conservation regulations.

Water suppliers are required to activate their Water Shortage Contingency Plan to comply with the outdoor irrigation restrictions. In communities where there isn't a water shortage contingency plan, the regulation requires water suppliers to either limit outdoor irrigation to twice a week or take other comparable conservation actions.

These large urban water suppliers must report water use on a monthly basis to track progress beginning Aug. 15.

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