Modesto, California – The Modesto Water Conservation Committee voted to approve a measure that would allow the city to spend up to $1 million to clean up water at its water treatment plants, according to the Modesto Bee.
The bill was introduced by council member and Republican City Councilman Dan Ritchie, and it is supported by local businesses, a conservation group and several businesses.
“The city has an obligation to its citizens to clean our water,” Ritchie said in a statement.
A Modesto water department spokeswoman told the Bee that the city had spent $1.1 million on water conservation measures since 2013.
Several communities have already adopted similar policies, including San Diego, which spends $1,500 per household on water usage and has a total of more than 400,000 people, according the city’s website.
Environmentalists are concerned about the impact of the water conservation program, which has been approved in a few other places, including Fresno, Calif., and Seattle, which spent $300 million to pay for water conservation.
In recent years, several cities have started to offer water conservation programs.
The San Francisco Bay Area, for example, has implemented a $100 per household fee for water users and a $1 per day tax on households that use more than 15 liters per day.
Water users in New York City are required to pay $50 per household to use up to 15 litters a day, and a separate fee applies to households that consume more than 30 liters of water a day.