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Mandatory Water Restrictions in San Diego

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Above: Beginning Monday, the City of San Diego will be under mandatory water restrictions. KPBS environment reporter Ed Joyce talks with Gloria Penner on San Diego Week about the new changes.

— Today is the first day of mandatory water restrictions for most of San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce says the conservation measures are intended to reduce the water demand by 20-percent.

The restrictions are the result of three years of drought and reduced supply from the state water project in Northern California.

In the city of San Diego and many other cities in the county, outdoor watering is limited to three days a week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Homeowners are required to follow an odd-even watering schedule based on street addresses.

Apartments, condos and businesses are limited to watering on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Washing down paved areas such as driveways, patios and sidewalks is prohibited.

The rules continue through October.

San Diego will use water cops to make sure people aren't wasting water.

After a letter of warning, repeat violators could face fines from $100 to $1,000.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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Avatar for user 'schmidty13'

schmidty13 | June 1, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

Thank you KPBS for laying all the water rule on the line. I searched news channels and could not find the information so easily.
Debbie Schmidt

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webdog | June 1, 2009 at 10:11 a.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

I have to wonder if these same restrictions apply to businesses such as golf courses, which rely on water a lot more than others. I certainly hope so. Not that I dislike golf, but when you build a course in what is technically a desert region, you shouldn't complain when the price of water is killing your business.

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merlinah | June 1, 2009 at 10:23 a.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

Anyone who knows anything about watering a lawn knows that short watering periods, i.e., ten minutes a day for three days a week only encourages shallow root growth and unhealthy lawns.

Watering for 30 minutes once a week is much better.

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rjgeiser | June 2, 2009 at 4:07 p.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

A clerk at Anderson's Nursery told me that watering rules only applied to using automatic sprinkler systems. She said a person could water with a hose anytime. If not, are there also restrictions for watering newly planted lawns or new ground- cover beds? I have a 10' x 20' bed of new ivy that needs water twice a day to keep from drying out.

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melmikulak | June 8, 2009 at 8:50 p.m. ― 7 years, 9 months ago

For detailed info on what's allowed and expected go to this link

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