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No watering rules for now in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane residents won't have to look over their shoulders when they sprinkle water on their lawns this summer. The city's mayor has decided not to call out the water police.

Mayor Mary Verner proposed an ordinance last year to restrict lawn irrigation. She says that for now, the city will take an approach to educate residents and encourage them to practice water conservation.

Last summer's proposal would have banned the use of sprinklers between noon and 6 p.m., when the day's heat evaporates a substantial portion of the water. It also would have restricted sprinkler use to every other day.

Although she stressed that the ordinance mostly would have been self-enforced, Verner faced a deluge of criticism when it was first made public.

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