Marin Co. expected to enact mandatory water restrictions

Today, Marin County's water agency is expected to become the first in the Bay Area to enact mandatory water restrictions amid worsening drought conditions.

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KUMASI AARON: The county's water agency is expected to become the first in the Bay Area to enact mandatory water restrictions amid worsening drought conditions. ABC 7 News Reporter Amy Hollyfield joining us live in Mill Valley with more on this. Good morning, Amy.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: Hi, good morning, Kumasi. These residents here in Marin County could be the first in the Bay Area to be told to use less water, that would include only being allowed to water outdoor areas once a week. Here is what the situation looks like up in the North Bay at Lake Sonoma. The water level is already down 40 feet. The water should be near the top of the concrete pilings under the bridge.

Locals say they have never seen it this low this early in the season. Water officials think this will probably surprise some Bay Area residents who have been focused on other issues this past year.

PAM JEANE: Last year was a very low-rainfall year also, but with COVID, understandably, people were not paying attention. We were paying attention. Water managers all over the state were paying attention. But you know, it's understandable that people are a bit distracted, but we really need for them to pay attention this year.

AMY HOLLYFIELD: Marin County is looking at banning residents from washing their cars, filling their swimming pools, and only watering outdoors once a week. This would apply to 200,000 residents of Central and South Marin. The vote is expected today, with water officials saying they're looking at taking this action because this is the driest they have seen it in 90 years. People could be fined up to $250 for violating water restrictions.