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North County residents urged to conserve water

Water managers in San Diego's inland north county are watching their reservoir levels anxiously. A shut-down of the Skinner Treatment plant, combined with unusually hot weather, threatens supplies to thousands of customers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Graphs on the computers at the Vallecitos Water District in San Marcos show water levels have dropped over 50 percent since the beginning of the week. Planned maintenance work on wont be finished till next week. General Manager Bill Rucker says unless people stop watering their landscapes as requested, local reservoirs will be drained by the weekend. He hopes fire fighting doesn't add to the problem.

Rucker: "A fire would move us to the critical failure point depending on how much water the fire fighting agencies take from the system. The straight line projections we're looking at now shows us at zero sometime in the Saturday, Sunday time frame and fire would accelerate that."

Rucker says domestic water use is dropping now, as residents realize the severity of the problem. But agriculture is suffering - avocado farmers are afraid their crop wont make it through this unseasonably hot spell. Alison St. John, KPBS News."

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