Several people, including the Big Guy, have asked me why so many folks seem to be having trouble following the watering schedule. The violators are few (at least in comparison to the population), and the explanations many, dominated by "I didn't know," "I forgot," "I was fuzzy about the schedule," and "I don't know how to operate by automatic sprinklers."
I have been reading a few reports from time to time, but just got the bug Sunday night, pulled out the iPad, and read some more. I thought I'd share some of the explanations, by excerpting officers' reports--protecting identities, of course. With few exceptions, these are good citizens, with whom I empathize, but who nonetheless failed to follow the law.
"Def. said he and his wife were equally responsible for the sprinklers, but he thought she had reprogrammed them to run on the correct days."
"As I issued her the citation she angrily said it should be her husband getting the ticket since he was the one who turned on the water. Photos were taken and placed in property."
"Def. showed ofc. the controller, which was set to 'Auto'. Def. insisted that he had turned it to 'Off', and that someone from his family must have messed with it. Def. was cited and released."
"Officer arrived at 0944 hrs and observed a sprinkler watering the lawn. Def was contacted and stated that he believed his girlfriend may have started the water last evening (on the correct day for watering) and they both forgot about it and it was probably watering all night. Def cited and released."
"I was dispatched on a water violation. I arrived and observed the sprinkler system was on in front of this address. Def. stated she did not know her system was on and thought her father had reset the system for her."
"She was not happy to receive an official citation as she had heard that people were receiving warnings and no one had come to 'warn' her about violating the watering restrictions."
ANY TWO DAYS
"She stated she knew the city currently had outdoor watering restrictions, but said she thought the provision was that residents could only water two days a week, on any two days they chose. Def. was advised of the particulars of the current watering restrictions, and was cited and released."
"Ofc. contacted def. who was the manager on duty at the time of the offense. She said that she had already been ticketed on Monday and was confused about when the should be watering. Ofc. explained how to determine the proper date to water by address. Def. was cited/released."
JUST BECAUSE IT'S A RUMOR DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT REALLY TRUE
"She said she had heard 'rumors' about watering restrictions in the city, but had not made an attempt to learn the details. Def. was informed of the specifics of the restrictions, shown how to turn off her lawn sprikler system, and was cited and released."
OUT OF THE LOOP
"Owner was contacted and she stated she did not know we were in a drought and that there was a water restriction in place. I advised her that we have been in this emergency water restriction for almost a month now and that information was being given through numerous news outlets. She stated she did not know there was a restriction and suggested that the city find another way to inform its citizens of it."
REALLY OUT OF THE LOOP
"She said she had no idea there was a watering restriction because she doesn't have a TV, radio, the internet or take the newspaper. She was cited for the violation."
I THINK WE'LL BE BACK
"Def. was advised of the violation that he was in and he immediately stated that he was unaware of the complete ban on Mondays. He stated that he doesn't watch TV, but I observed his large screen TV to be on as he made the statement. After I issued his citation he stated that he will be watering his back yard everyday because he has a tall privacy fence and no one will be able to see that he is watering. Def. disclosed that he works for ________, maintaining customers' lawns, but still had no idea that there was no watering on Mondays."
"I was sent to 1611 ________ regarding a water restriction violation...Def. said she thought her house counted as even numbered because it started with 16. I corrected her that her address was an odd number and her days to water were Tues, Thurs and Sat. She was then cited/released for a water restriction violation."
THAT'S NOT ODD
"I was dispatached to 610 ________ on a watering complaint. As I walked up the driveway I obs the def sitting outside on his driveway. He asked if I was there because of his watering. Def said he thought since the address ended in a zero that it was an odd day and he was okay to water. Def. was cited and released."
IT MUST BE WEDNESDAY SOMEWHERE
"Def. said she got up this morning & thought it was a Wednesday so she manually started the underground sprinklers. Def. now realized that it was Tuesday."
NO PROBLEM, WE'LL WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE HOME. NO, REALLY.
"He said an officer could stop by after that time to issue the citation and said the officer could call first to see if he was home. I asked def. if his wife would be home prior to his return because she could be issued the citation instead of him. Def. said he is the one who set the controller for the sprinkler system in error. He also said that he would rather be shot than have to deal with his wife getting the citation."
SET IT AND FORGET IT
"Def. said that the sprinklers had been set years ago and he had no idea when the sprinklers are set to come on. Def. was cited and released."
NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE CALL
"Def. was shown how to turn his sprinkler system to 'OFF' and was cited and released."
BEST SOLUTION YET
"I made contact with def. who advised she knew she couldn't water her lawn on Monday but forgot. After being informed she would be receiving a citation, she stated, 'I'll just turn the %$#@*&! things off.' Def. was cited/released."