FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- An unwelcome surprise in the mail for some Fresno residents: they received a warning from the city about their water use.
It's part of a new electronic monitoring system that alerts residents if they appear to be using too much water.
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As part of the limited pilot project, the notices are sent out to customers who have high water usage on days when outdoor watering is not allowed.
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The city has assumed that if a home uses from 300 to 500 gallons in any one hour, then it is because of outdoor watering.
While the letter warns future violations can include fines from $50 to $200, Fresno city leaders say the goal is to not to collect money but to make residents aware of their usage.
If you receive such a notice in the mail, it is a good idea to contact the Fresno Department of Public Utilities.
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Fresno warning residents who are using too much water