A handful of California cities are deploying water patrols to crack down on wasteful residents as the state continues to face a historic drought.

At least forty-five water agencies are enforcing mandatory water restrictions and Sacramento leads the efforts with the toughest program.

Dozens of Sacramento city employees continue to drive around responding to complaints and warning residents who water lawns on prohibited days.

Gentle reminders are preferred, but fines are given to repeat offenders. Residents are encouraged to report neglectful neighbors as the city tries to cut its water use by 20 percent.

Other cities say they don't need to go to similar lengths because they make water waste expensive or have permanent conservation rules.