Nicasio reservoir and surrounding hills in the morning Marin County, California (shutterstock)
Marin County is likely to become the first in the region to impose mandatory water restrictions. The Marin Municipal Water District is meeting today on a plan to severely limit outdoor water usage, starting on May 1st. Residents could be fined $250 if they water outdoors more than once a week. It would also be illegal to refill swimming pools, power wash driveways or houses or do anything else that uses a lot of water. They would be the first mandatory restrictions since the stormy winter of 2016-2017 ended five years of drought. Marin relies almost entirely on its seven local reservoirs and the agency says they’re at their lowest levels in almost 40 years.