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Mayor Sanders Urges Collaborative Water Conservation

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders convened a Water Summit today with mayors from cities around San Diego and Southern California. Sanders believes if all cities commit to conserve as much water as possibl

Mayor Sanders Urges Collaborative Water Conservation

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders convened a Water Summit today with mayors from cities around San Diego and Southern California. Sanders believes if all cities commit to conserve as much water as possible, they will stand a better chance of getting the state to commit to a multi-million dollar water bond. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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Sanders proposed Southern California cities send Governor Schwarzenegger a letter outlining six principals.

The first principal is that cities will commit to do everything in their power to encourage voluntary water conservation.

To that end, mayoral spokesman Fred Sainz says Sanders is again calling on citizens to conserve.

Sainz : San Diegans over-irrigate every year to the tune of quantities that would fill the Sweetwater reservoir. Every drop that we save is a drop of water that we won’t need to mandatorily conserve should we come to that later this year.
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The second principal in Sanders' letter is that every city advocate for a state water bond to ensure a reliable supply of water for the southern half of the state.

The bond would also pay for more water storage and grants for recycling and desalination.

Alison St John KPBS News.

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