Lincoln Residents Face New Punishment For Watering Violations

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

If you run your sprinkler on the wrong day this summer, prepare to pay a stiff fine.

Last year, Lincoln police ticketed more than a hundred people for watering their lawns.

Now, the city wants to change that punishment. But, those watering off schedule aren't off the hook. They may no longer be criminals though.

The same offense that landed more than 100 people a misdemeanor last year would only bring a bill this year. It could cost anywhere from $150 for a first offense to $350 for a third offense.

Also, officers won't wake people up in the middle of the night to deliver those in-person.

"We learned a lot about the practice of enforcement," Lincoln Public Works Director Miki Esposito said. "When people's sprinklers were on at 4 a.m., that's when enforcement would occur and calls were being made on people using water on the wrong watering day."

She said, criminal ticket or fine, the bottom line is when the order comes down Lincoln needs to cut back.

"Just be mindful of how you are setting your sprinklers so that you're on your designated schedule," Esposito said.

Officials said the first offense fine of $150 covers the cost of handling the tickets administratively instead of criminally.

Right now, the proposal says any additional revenue from the fines will go to Lincoln Public Schools.

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