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Interim Mayor Asks San Diego To Step Up Water Conservation

San Diegans have been good at conserving water in recent years but will have to step up their game because of the statewide drought, interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said Wednesday.

"I need to thank all of you for your successful efforts over the past several years to save water and I need to ask you to continue your conservation and even challenge you to ramp it up, given the significant water supply challenges facing our state,'' Gloria said. "We live in a beautiful city, but it's one with a dry climate, and we need to accept conservation as a permanent way of life.''

This is the third dry winter in a row in California and snowfall has been light in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which provides the state with most of its water. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked residents to cut back water use by 20 percent, and state officials have halted deliveries from the State Water Project.

Gloria said he will resurrect the city's Water Consumption Report Card and provide regular updates on how San Diegans are doing in cutting back their usage.

He suggested residents check for leaks, consider replacing inefficient appliances, and take part in the free water survey program, in which a city representative will go to a home and suggest ways of reducing consumption.

Homeowners should water their lawns only two or three times a week and be vigilant for broken sprinkler heads, the mayor said.

Water officials in San Diego have said that mandatory conservation measures, such as those implemented during the last drought in 2009, will not be necessary for now because the local water supply is stable.

Halla Razak, director of the city's Public Utilities Department, said the region has 2 1/2 times more water storage capacity than five years ago, and receives twice as much water from the Colorado River.

Also today, the City Council's Environment Committee voted unanimously to expand the city's participation in programs that allow residents to finance energy and water conservation upgrades through their property tax assessments.

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Avatar for user 'rwink5'

rwink5 | February 6, 2014 at 10:52 a.m. ― 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Dear Todd

In general you are doing a great job and your statement about water conservation is
welcome. But I was surprised that you said "Homeowners should water their lawns only two or three times a week." Surely you jest.

Lawns take an average of 5 feet of water per year and we get less than a foot of rain in an AVERAGE year. Using recycled water or your own greywater is ok but using POTABLE water to irrigate GRASS in this part of the world IS the problem; 50-60% of residential water consumption is for landscaping. That is over 100,000 acre/feet per year.

Please re-issue your statement, strike the above quote, and emphasize the city and county lawn replacement rebate programs:

SD City:
http://www.sandiego.gov/water/pdf/conservation/residentialrebateguidelines.pdf

SD County:
http://turfreplacement.watersmartsd.org/

here is a good example of the benefits of replacing a lawn with a profusion of drought tolerant plants:

Keep up the Good work
RW
Citizen

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Avatar for user 'ecw123'

ecw123 | March 2, 2014 at 3:49 p.m. ― 5 months, 3 weeks ago

hey for all those who are really interested in conserving water check out earthcarwash.com they are a eco friendly mobile car wash and detailing that is new to san diego they are virtually waterless and they know how to take care of your car trust me!!

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