Fines, penalties in store for violators
NORTH PORT -- Every day that passes without rain puts additional strain on the city's water resources.
And while the city Utility Department understands residents want to keep their lawns beautiful, they are encouraging North Porters to abide by water restrictions and conserve water wherever possible. If residents violate watering restrictions, they could be penalized with a heavy fine or possibly even jail time.
"We are in a drought," said City Utilities Field Operations Manager Rick Newkirk. "And we have caught some people not following the watering restrictions. It hasn't been bad, but we have had to give out some fines."