- They are a fascist mechanism -- telling you want to do, when and where.
- They are a visible form of "education" more than an effective way of increasing water conservation.
- They divert resources from more pressing matters. (Even though I bet they are considered "green collar jobs").
Note the revenue associated with these cops: $0.
Now, I know that cops are supposed to be valuable because they promote water conservation, by their very existence and/or the threat of a fine, but I'd prefer a more-direct mechanism: Raising the price of water.
Higher water prices:
- Don't tell you what to do; you choose when and where to use water, and pay accordingly.
- Are something we've learned how to respond to LONG ago -- by using less.
- Cost nothing. In fact, they generate revenue.
- They prefer to make noise and then impose rationing when it doesn't work.
- They don't really want to sell less water (because revenue falls).
- They are bureaucrats who prefer to tell people what to do.
Bottom Line: Fire these cops and rehire them to read meters that are billing water at higher prices. They will actually be useful.
* Bureaucrats are amazing: "Adjustment reflects the addition of 10.00 FTE positions and associated non-personnel expenditures to support and implement the Drought Response Level 2 mandatory water use restriction."