I spent a few days recently in and near Santa Fe, NM, and believe me, they take water conservation there seriously.
The signs are everywhere, literally - - notices are posted in hotels telling you that linens and towels are changed sparingly, and notes on restaurant menus let you know that water is served only on request.
There are yard watering prohibitions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., from May 1 to October 31: not your every other day restrictions but flat-out bans during the warmer hours - - half the year.
No cleaning off a hard surface like a sidewalk or driveway with water from a hose.
No grass seed content with more than 25% of water-hungry Kentucky blue grass seed allowed.
No spraying water from overhead devices on trees or shrubs.
Violations bring first-time fines of $20, with higher costs to repeat offenders.
There's a host of additional water use restrictions, rate charges, and real incentives, too - - all designed to reduce water demand in a dry area with a growing population.
It all might make a free-marketer or Libertarian blanche, but the programs are working.
Details from the City's website, here.