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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Living With Wildfires: San Diego Firestorm 10 Years Later

San Diego Council Declares Level 2 Drought, Approves Water Restrictions

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The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to declare a level two drought in the city. Council members say this is the first step in creating a more comprehensive water conservation policy for the city.

— The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to declare a level two drought in the city. Council members say this is the first step in creating a more comprehensive water conservation policy for the city. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

The drought response level 2 means San Diego residents and businesses will face mandatory water use restrictions beginning June 1. Landscape watering will be limited to three days a week for ten minutes at a time. And watering may only take place between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Violations could result in fines ranging from $100 to $1000. Council member Donna Frye says the restrictions should be about education.

"We really would like to be able to try and let people know what is happening, what we plan on doing, why it's important that they consere," says Frye.

City water officials say they are working to develop a more comprehensive water rationing plan. The department is hiring additional people to monitor water use in San Diego.

Katie Orr, KPBS News.

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