Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Water restrictions in San Diego will stay in place despite above average rainfall in recent months.
Alex Roth, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders, said healthy water levels statewide have no immediate impact on water restrictions, distribution, or pricing for cities. A decision on whether restrictions will be lifted will not come until the end of the fiscal year in June. Roth said the city needs to determine how much water it will receive from its wholesalers.
Roth says responsible consumption habits by San Diegans have improved during recent drought years. San Diegans are expected to continue consuming water in moderation, take shorter showers and know when and how often to water lawns and do laundry, he said.
Rising water prices will further temper water use.
The California Department of Water Resources places current drought conditions at normal, reiterating that although drastic conservation measures are not necessary, consumers should remain vigilant about conservation.
According to measurements by the California Department of Water Resources, the snow pack average depth to date for the Southern Sierra is at 140 percent.