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Potential restrictions to traditional carwash fundraisers

April 18, 2014
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MERCED, Calif. — The Merced City Council will meet on Monday to discuss potential water restrictions, including outdoor watering and a new carwash rule, according to The Modesto Bee.

The carwash ordinance would create a situation where wash fundraisers would need to capture the water used for vehicles, which would force them to partner up with commercial carwashes, according to the article.

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The Director of Water Resources in Merced, Michael Wegley, said at-home washes do not regulate water use, and lead to liquids running off into storm drains. Fines for violating the proposal would range from $50 to $150.

Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20 percent reduction in water use in California in January, when he declared a drought.  

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