Whitney Houston Cited for Water Use

09/10/2002 AT 01:00 PM EDT

Whitney Houston has been busted by the sprinkler cops.

The pop diva, 39, has received a summons for violating New Jersey's water-use restrictions after police found lawn sprinklers running at the 10-acre estate she shares with husband Bobby Brown, the Newark's Star-Ledger reports.

"Nobody gets special treatment here," police Lt. Jim Hughes told the paper.

State officials imposed water-use restrictions last month because of East Coast drought conditions. Under the rules, residents are prohibited from watering lawns or washing cars, and they could face a $1,000 fine for breaking the ban.

Houston and Brown were not home at the time of the alleged sprinkler offense, said Houston's rep, Nancy Seltzer. "A judge will understand that someone taking care of the property obviously made a mistake," Seltzer said. "Whitney is very conscious about the environment, and she will care if, in fact, this (law) was breached."

Seltzer says Houston has been away while working on her upcoming album, "Just Whitney," due out in November. Her first single, "Whatchulookinat," which features Houston firing back at her critics, has been given a lukewarm reception from critics and radio.

Meanwhile, despite the couple's water problems, husband Bobby recently told "Extra" that their love is as solid as "a diamond."

"We love hard and we fight hard," Brown, 35, said. But he added, "You can't break a diamond and that's what our love is. A diamond."

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