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Summer Means Tougher Watering Restrictions In San Diego

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Aired 6/1/10

Summertime is back in San Diego and as of today, so are mandatory watering restrictions. This is the second year in a row the city is limiting how and when people can use water.

— Summertime is back in San Diego and, as of today, so are mandatory watering restrictions. This is the second year in a row the city is limiting how and when people can use water.

A California resident uses a hose to water plants May 13, 2008 in Berkeley, California.
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Above: A California resident uses a hose to water plants May 13, 2008 in Berkeley, California.

The city is implementing more restrictive watering rules after relaxing them for the winter. Like last summer, residents can only water their lawns on certain days and for a short amount of time.

The water department’s Luis Generoso says the rainfall San Diego got during the winter won’t make much of a difference.

“Our average rainfall in San Diego is 10 inches and we are at 10 inches. So it was an average year, it wasn’t necessarily a really rainy year,” he said. “But snowpack in the Sierras -- that was high this year, so that’s good.”

Despite the snow, Generoso says the city’s still anticipating having to cut its water consumption by about 8 percent this summer.

The tougher water restrictions will be in place through October. The County Water Authority will meet later this month to decide how much water cities in the county will get.

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