"Drought shaming" aims to expose Vancouver's water wasters

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Could “drought shaming” become a trend in Vancouver?

With stage three water restrictions in place that forbid the watering of any residential lawns, one Imgur user has decided to post pictures (along with addresses) of some multi-million dollar homes they believe have lawns that are a little too lush.

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The photos were posted on Wednesday, July 22. Stage three water restrictions were instituted on Monday, July 20. Before then, stage two water restrictions dictated that people in residential areas could only water their lawns once a week.

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SEE ALSO: Stage 3 water restrictions effective immediately for Metro Vancouver

Jag Sandhu with the City of Vancouver told Vancity Buzz in an e-mail that 33 tickets have been issued for lawn watering as of Wednesday. If caught, fines are up to $250.

Drought shaming has taken off in other parts of the world as well, most notably in California, where some reservoir levels are as low as 11% full. There was was even an app launched called “DroughtShame” specifically for the purpose of calling out water wasters.

What a drought in California looks like. #CAdrought #droughtshaming

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Drought shaming celebrities in California has recently been making headlines, most notably with Tom Selleck, who was recently forced to pay $21,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged he unlawfully took water through a private company to use on his lawn, according to NBC.

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