Voluntary Water Conservation for San Diego County...For Now
The City News Service reported on April 24, 2014, that a “Drought Watch” declaration has been issued for San Diegan’s to voluntarily conserve water. California has suffered below average rainfall for the third winter in a row. The City Council's Environment Committee felt that measures needed to be taken. The call for voluntary rationing of water is the first step. Mandatory measures could be enacted come July.
July 1st is the start of a new fiscal year, which is when mandatory measures would take effect. City Council is hoping to reduce water consumption by 10 percent.
Mandatory Drought Watch Requirements:
– Limited landscape irrigation to three assigned days per week
– Required use of shut-off nozzles or timed garden hose sprinkler systems if watering without an irrigation system
– Washing vehicles on the same assigned days as irrigation, with some exceptions
– Use recycled or non-potable water for construction purposes
– Use hydrants only to fight fires
– Prohibit irrigation when it rains
Councilman David Alvarez said, "We don't know what's going to happen next year with the rainfall here — we just don't know what the future holds. Whatever we can do now to prevent that line from falling further in the negative, the better it will be for all of us in the coming years.”
It’s not all bad as it seems, however. San Diego County’s water consumption is down 27 percent since 2007, and portable water consumption by the region in 2013, was down 24 percent.
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