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What Mandatory Water Conservation Means For San Diegans

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Aired 7/17/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

What Mandatory Water Conservation Means For San Diegans


Dana Friehauf is Water Resources Manager for the San Diego County Water Authority

Travis Pritchard is Programs Director for San Diego Coastkeeper

Fran Spivy-Weber is Vice-Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board


This week, California's state water board decided to put teeth into its water use reduction goals.

Citing an unprecedented statewide drought and a slight increase in water use, regulators have now mandated that water agencies adopt the conservation measures or face fines.

The enforcement measures have prompted a change at the San Diego County Water Authority. After saying mandatory restrictions were not expected this year,Water Authority staff is now recommending its board adopt a "Level 2 Drought Alert," which calls for up to 20 percent mandatory conservation.

The Water Authority Board will decide on July 24 whether to adopt the emergency conservation measures.

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