George Skenteris takes pride in his green grass, but with water restrictions in place, it is not entirely green anymore. Some bushes have died and his garden is not growing.
"[I] try to cut the water as best as I can," he said.
Skenteris is following the odd/even days watering schedule, along with most residents in the city. Yet, by monitoring irrigation meters, officials with the Public Works Commission (PWC) have determined many people are actually using more water on their lawns than they were before the restrictions.
"It appears they are watering longer, twice a day. They are not heeding the advice that everyone needs to reduce water use," PWC spokeswoman Carolyn Justice-Hinson said.
PWC officials said the city can do better if everyone cuts back by 20 percent. The company is now considering stronger restrictions that could include a ban on outdoor watering altogether.
PWC customers can monitor their usage by looking at their water bill.