Editor's note: This article was revised Aug. 30 at 8:42 a.m. to add additional information.
Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
A Rancho Matilija resident had a proposed fine for water theft and water wasting reduced by half Aug. 24. Michael Termondt's appeal before the Board of Directors of the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) ended with his initial fine of $1,000 reduced to $500.
In his address to the Board, Tremondt said he did not deny using the water in question, but did deny stealing it.
According to a CMWD staff report, the fine was levied after a July 20 incident in which water district personnel investigated water being applied to a lawn that was actively moving from the property to an adjacent street.