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California drought water wasters attend Water School for hosing sidewalks, filling Jacuzzis

Amanda Bunte, a representative with the City of Santa Cruz, goes over water conservation tips during Water School at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Monday, July 14, 2014. Every Monday night in the drought-stricken beach town of Santa Cruz, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Avila Gonzalez)

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Amanda Bunte, a representative with the City of Santa Cruz, goes over water conservation tips during Water School at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Monday, July 14, 2014. Every Monday night in the drought-stricken beach town of Santa Cruz, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Carlos Avila Gonzalez)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Dozens of residents who violated their strict rations of water in the drought-stricken California beach town of Santa Cruz are taking a seat at Water School.

Some of the residents overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. They are now hoping that by attending Water School, they will be able to get distressing penalties waived.

At a recent Water School, Nik Martinelli, a Santa Cruz water-conservation specialist, launched a lesson warning the crowd that they all went over their allotment and have been penalized.

Two hours later, everyone was ready to ace their Water School quiz, identifying the community's sparse water sources and listing ways to conserve water.

So far more than $202,000 in fines have been suspended for Water School graduates.

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