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Officials say turn in neighbors who don't follow water rules

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Brooke Lewis lives in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta. She's doing her part to conserve water at her apartment building.

"When we water the plants we try not to run the hose," Lewis said. "We try to water them with water can, do whatever to keep water consumption as low as possible."

She is following the rules because if she didn't, the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management would want her neighbors to turn her in.

"It's key that we police ourselves," Watershed Management Director of Communications Lillian Govus said. "If you see a neighbor who is misusing water, we ask that you call 3-1-1 and we'll send an investigator out to check on it."

It's not just citizens that have to follow these rules. Businesses should be doing what they can also.

"We want to make sure they are doing their part, simple things at their businesses, making sure we're conserving a little bit," Govus said. "Sometimes it's just as easy as turning off the fountain in front of the building."

Northside Hospital is listed in the top 10 of water consumers in Atlanta. They sent a statement saying they need water for patients and staff and are committed to conserving on outdoor watering. Their irrigation system is mainly well water and they've turned off their fountain.

As for people like Lewis, she will continue doing her small part to help conserve water.

"I haven't been taking baths I just try to take quick showers, you know do what I can."

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