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Calif. Drought Over But Restrictions Remain In San Diego

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Aired 3/31/11

California Gov. Jerry Brown officially ended California's latest drought. But it could be another month before water use restrictions are lifted in the city of San Diego.

Water from San Diego faucets and shower heads is distributed by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District.

The water is then delivered to local water agencies by the San Diego County Water Authority.

The county water authority is expected to decide on allocations sometime in late April.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' spokesman Alex Roth said only then will local water agencies, like the city of San Diego, know how much water will be available next year, before they decide whether to lift mandatory water restrictions.

San Diego started limiting outdoor watering and other conservation measures in June 2009.

The California Department of Water Resources reported the water content in the statewide snowpack is 165 percent of average for this time of year.

The snowpack also was slightly above average last year.

City New Service contributed to the information in this report.

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