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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 2:17am

1st day of conservation efforts catches many off guard

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; for weeks on end, Luke Kubecka pumped water gushing down the gutter from a neighbor's broken water line to keep his fastidiously groomed front yard green. It seemed the righteous thing to do.

When city crews finally repaired the leak, the Montrose resident hooked a hose to his own faucet to continue his battle against Houston's flora-ravaging summer.

Tuesday morning, Kubecka's sprinkler cast rainbows across his lawn. But the effort's righteousness had evaporated like a raindrop on a griddle. Kubecka had become a scofflaw — a first-day violator of the city's new Stage 2 water conservation regulations.

He was anything but alone.

All across the city, sprinklers hissed and sputtered as if there were no tomorrow. A mayoral spokeswoman said 11 people called the city on Tuesday to report violations. The total number of warnings issued was not available.

To read more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7700287.html

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