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Indianapolis puts watering ban into effect

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The severe drought is forcing one Indiana city to put in place a watering ban.

On Friday, Indianapolis put instituted a watering ban. This comes a week after the city placed a voluntary restriction on water usage.

City crews will monitor home sprinklers and irrigation systems as well as businesses and apartment complexes.

Violators could face fines up to $2500.

"The larger properties that have irrigation systems, some of the multi-family dwellings that have large properties and other areas that have a lot of land, they may be irrigating on a regular basis and that's really causing a drain on resources," Kate Johnson, a spokesperson for DCE, said.

Some businesses are exempt from the ban. Nurseries, golf courses, car washes and similar businesses are exempt.

Homeowners can still water flowers and vegetables with  watering can.

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