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San Diego Council Declares Level 2 Drought, Approves Water Restrictions

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Aired 5/5/09

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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wateruser | May 6, 2009 at 3:44 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Economies, the environment and life are highly dependent on a reliable water supply. Water is the single most important chemical compound for the preservation of human life and is one of the key powers to the creation of wealth. Water creates jobs, attracts industries and investments, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression.
Water provided in nature for man’s use is not infinite and is never destroyed. A safe, reliable supply of desalinated seawater may be critical to the community. Since securing the desalination process for a water supply and to lower monthly water bills is controlled by water managers, you should contact your water manger to investigate desalination. Preferably a process that will not produce salt brine placed back into the environment, a process that will not require high energy, a process that will reduce the cost of your water a process that is available. Only if manager’s step away from the group precepts will they be able to furnish the water that is required. Unless customers demand a solution to the water shortage very little will be done. The water professionals and communities they serve must join together to recognize the unique opportunities the vital role water plays in our daily lives. With all the water available from the sea, man should not be deprived.

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