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Water wasters beware, there's a new app for Drought Shaming

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Whether your city leaders crack down on water wasters or not, Californians are using their smart phones and the internet to do it.

People across the state are blasting them on social media with the hashtag "drought shaming," and now there's even an app for it.

The saying "No one likes a tattle tale" doesn't mean much for those water wasters in California.

Being in the worst drought in the state's history, and the governor issuing first-ever mandatory water restrictions, people are becoming pros at snitching on others, and businesses who don't conserve that H20.

"Shaming sometimes really is effective," said Ron Munds, Utilities Services Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo.

You've probably seen pictures on social media of "dog shaming" where a dog is being shamed for bad behavior. This is the same concept, only for water wasters. "It's an interesting concept, and we know just from looking at studies and talking to people that, that works, people really care about what their neighbors friends and other community members think," Munds said.

Head to Twitter and search the #droughtshaming and you'll find a slew of pictures and videos of people calling out their water wasting neighbors or businesses. Los Osos Resident Alanna Dougherty said it's good to bring awareness, "yeah, hashtags are usually kind of good at that."
Just like everything else, there's now a specific app for it. It's called the Drought Shame App, and you can send in a picture or video and your instant location. "I am sure people that get drought shamed feel bad about it, but you got to save water," Dougherty said.

A Santa Monica realtor created the App available for the iPhone right now. The pictures and info are being stored. Any repeat offenders can be reported to water agencies.

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