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H2NO: San Diego Going Dry

Mandatory Water Cuts

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Will Water Rationing Become a Way of Life?

Environment reporter Ed Joyce speaks with San Diego Week host Gloria Penner about a recent water summit and explains why water rationing may become a way of life.


A Day in the Life of a Water Cop

June 23, 2009 | By Katie Orr

"Water cop" Seneca Page patrols a San Diego neighborhood and investigates a water waster complaint in this undated photo.

People living in the city of San Diego have been subject to mandatory water conservation since the beginning of June. A major part of the restrictions involves limiting the hours when yards can watered. To make sure people are following the rules, San Diego employs five so-called water cops. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr spent the day with one.


New Water Restrictions in City of SD Begin

June 2, 2009 | By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

New Water Restrictions in City of SD Begin

Residents in the City of San Diego will only be allowed to water their lawns three days a week. We speak to representatives from the San Diego Water Department and the County Water Authority about the reasons behind the new restrictions. We also speak to a local garden journalist about how people can make their landscaping more water-efficient.


Water Shortages May Not Be Temporary

June 5, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

Water officials say we need to re-think our use of the precious commodity. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce covered a water conservation summit in El Cajon Tuesday where the focus was on conservation and psychology.


San Diego's Biggest Water Wasters Get Letters From the City

May 16, 2009 | By City News Service

San Diego's biggest water hogs will start getting letters from the city as early as today, telling them to schedule a free efficiency audit. The biggest residential water user, a La Jolla customer, used 5.5 million gallons during a recent 12-month period -- enough to serve about 44 typical homes, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.


More Water Cutbacks Possible

Biological Opinion Could Cause Additional Pumping Restrictions

June 5, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

More Water Cutbacks Possible

The National Marine Fisheries Service released its biological opinion on the effects of the state and federal water projects on threatened and endangered runs of several fish species in California.