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Water Supply Still Tight Despite Recent Rains


Aired 4/19/09

The region's water supply continues to be stretched despite recent rains. Because of tight supplies regional water managers have created a new online tool that tracks Southern California's stored water.  KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

More than 50% of the water used in San Diego County comes through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The District is worried about future supply because of cutbacks to protect endangered species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and continued drought in the Colorado River Basin.

Metropolitan's General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger says the district has created an online tool that tracks vital Southern California water reserve levels.

: We need people to do two things: Be aware of the issue, actively participate and we need conservation. So we're trying to find ways  to graphically show people the precariousness of our water situation.

The tracking gauge has measurements from full to empty.

Kightlinger is worried because Metropolitan is on track to draw down up to 30-percent of the region's reserves to meet this year's supply needs.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.


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