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A Rancho Cordova man is getting penalized because he didn't water his lawn. (Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014) News10

A homeowner's quest to conserve water could be landing him in hot water with the City of Rancho Cordova.

At least, that's what Yoro Shcherbanyuk thought when he received a notice in the mail Wednesday stating that he needs to water his lawn more.

"I was kind of surprised," Shcherbanyuk said. "I was kind of mad."

Shcherbanyuk said he's been doing his part and only watering once, maybe twice, a week to conserve water because of the drought. But the notice he received stated a number of residents have complained about the appearance of his property. It also indicated Shcherbanyuk could face a number of fines for his golden-color lawn.

"It said we have until Sept. 29 to start watering our lawn or we'll get a fine," Shcherbanyuk said. "First, it's $100 and then it's $200."

"We're not going to be doing fines," Rancho Cordova city spokesperson Kerry Simpson said. "Our goal is for our residents to maintain the value in their property. If you let your lawn go, and it's completely dead, go to sell your house in three years, you have a large expensive to re-landscape the lawn."

"If my grass was completely dead, that would be a different story," Shcherbanyuk said. "But, as you can see, it's still pretty green."

The city said it's happy to work with residents to find a happy medium, helping residents to conserve water, but to also maintain property values and landscapes. One neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said the city has its priorities mixed up.

"They should be stopping people who are wasting water, not people who are saving the water," the neighbor said.

The City of Rancho Cordova reiterated Thursday evening that it's not fining anyone. But, it's hoping to educate homeowners. The city's website has lots of tips water conservation and for drought-tolerate landscaping.

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