To enforce the stiffer rules and penalties, the DWP will expand its "Drought Busters" team to 20 employees. These inspectors respond to called-in complaints and cruise the city in search of water wasters.Besides being a waste of money, these water cops are just about the worst way to get people to save money.
Since the Drought Busters were brought back in October, they have responded to 1,200 reports of water waste. So far they have issued warnings and guidance on conservation.
But some residents question whether inspections and fines are necessary - especially when the DWP inspectors make around $65,000 a year.
Consider gas. Do you see any "gas conservation cops" out there, giving tickets for idling, low tires, driving to the store too often, driving an SUV, etc.? No. Why? Because high prices lead people to conserve.
Bottom Line: If you want people to use less water, raise the price. Honest -- it works!