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H2NO: San Diego Going Dry

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San Diego Faces Water Supply Challenges

Climate Change, Drought and Endangered Fish Create "Perfect Storm"

June 22, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

Lake Oroville, the main reservoir for the Calif. water project system, is 25 percent below average and at 64 percent of capacity. (Photo courtesy of Association of California Water Agencies)

Mandatory water restrictions could be the beginning of a new way of life in California. As we start a week-long examination of our water supply, KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us how we got here, and what the future may bring as we begin our series "H2NO: San Diego Going Dry."

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This chart shows San Diego County's population growth between 1999 and 2008.

Above: This chart shows San Diego County's population growth between 1999 and 2008.

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This chart shows yearly rainfall totals for San Diego County from 1999 to 2008. The average yearly rainfall is 10.4". San Diego has had below average rainfall for three consecutive years, contributing to the current water crisis.

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This chart shows yearly rainfall totals for San Diego County from 1999 to 2008. The average yearly rainfall is 10.4". San Diego has had below average rainfall for three consecutive years, contributing to the current water crisis.

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Water Crisis Hurting California's Economy

May 1, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

The below-normal snowpack in the Sierra could mean more water restrictions next summer ... and lost jobs. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

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Calif. Launches $4 Million Water Conservation Push

April 21, 2009 | By Associated Press

Californians should take shorter showers, wash only full loads of laundry and use a broom instead of a hose to clean their driveways.

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Sierra Snowpack Not Enough To Fill Reservoirs

March 3, 2009 | By KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest measurement of the Sierra snowpack shows California is still lacking what's needed to replenish half-full reservoirs. San Diego water officials say continued dry weather makes mandatory rationing more likely. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.