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Are San Diegans Getting Mixed Messages About Water Conservation?

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In spite of all this rain, news of the Sierra snow pack at 130 percent of the historical average for this time of year and the San Diego County Water Authority dumping half a billion excess gallons of treated drinking water back into Lower Otay Reservoir, San Diegans are being asked to continue water conservation efforts.

The State Water Resources Control Board voted Tuesday to continue California's emergency water conservation regulations through October 2016.

Numbers released by the State Water Resources board for December show that the City of San Diego, like most of the state, narrowly missed its conservation goals.

But Voice of San Diego reporter Ry Rivard found that because of mandated conservation, the El Niño rains, agreements with the new Poseidon desalination plant and other factors, San Diego now faces the mind-boggling situation of having too much water.

Wednesday on Midday Edition, Rivard discusses his report and Mark Weston, chairman of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors, talks about how San Diego water agencies will respond to California's extended emergency water regulations and how San Diego ended up with all that water.


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