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First Accused Water Violator In Hot Water

 

Last updated 7/17/2015 at 11:52am



The first cease-and-desist order was issued to West Side Irrigation District (in Tracy) by the state of California on Thursday July 16. According to the state water board, the district received a notice in May, telling them it didn’t have the right to use the water. West side’s attorney Steven Herum said the district did comply with the state order to stop pumping. Herum claimed the district was only pumping recycled irrigation water instead of drawing fresh water from the San Joaquin River. West Side will appeal to the state water board but if found in violation could end up with $10,000 a day fines. Curtailment notices have been sent to 4,600 farmers who have been told to stop irrigating fields. State water board inspectors have completed 250 inspections since sending curtailment notices in May. West Side is the fist one accused of violating the state’s new water rules.

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