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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."


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.


Yanking Out Lawns Saves Water and Money

June 24, 2009 | By Ed Joyce

It only took a few water bills last summer to change the attitudes of Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kaufman and Norm Bornstein. They pulled out their lawn and replaced it with water conservation landscaping.

The San Diego County Water Authority says nearly 60 percent of our drinking water is used for lawns and other landscaping. Mandatory outdoor water restrictions means some lawns will go brown this summer. But, as KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us, some people are pulling up their grass. It's part of our week-long series: "H2NO: San Diego Going Dry."