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County Water Authority Plans Future Use


Aired 4/19/09

The San Diego County Water Authority is developing a long-range water conservation strategy. The authority convened a water summit today to tap the expertise of more than 200 water specialists. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

County Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton says nearly 80 percent of the county’s water comes from outside the area.  She says the cost of that water will continue going up. She says one way to keep those rates down is to make water conservation a larger part of the county’s water portfolio.

Stapleton : I really think that to get us to the 11 percent of our portfolio will requires us to do conservation through outdoor landscaping. And it is a more complex, more challenging area but it truly is an area that has a lot of potential.

Stapleton says water agencies aren’t asking residents to abandon green lawns, but to use more landscaping that matches the climate of the area. She says the summit’s goal is to develop a strategic action plan to increase water reliability. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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