Police officers in Lincoln will begin issuing tickets Monday to anyone violating the city's mandatory water restrictions. Public Safety Director Tom Casady says warnings will no longer be issued.
Since the mandatory restrictions went into effect August 9th, police have responded to about 475 reported violations.
Historically low water flow in the Platte River has prompted restrictions, which limit the use of outdoor water use for lawn watering and car washing.
Home addresses ending in even numbers must limit outdoor watering to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and addresses ending in odd numbers must water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Violators may be punished with a fine of up to $500 or up to six months in jail or both.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports 350 people called police to report violators of the city's mandatory water-use restrictions during the week after limits went into effect. Casady said violations were split between businesses and residences.