Water Shortages Could Be the New Norm
A water conservation summit gets underway Tuesday in San Diego. The goal is to find ways to meet current and future water demand. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the summit comes as most Southern California communities are under mandatory water restrictions.
Homeowners and businesses in San Diego County are in the first day of water conservation rules.
San Diego and other Southern California cities rely mostly on imported water.
But those supplies are limited due to a third-year of drought and regulatory restrictions in Northern California.
Bob Yamada is with the San Diego County Water Authority.
He says while the restrictions are scheduled to end in October
"I think we're into a multi-year environment where we're going to need to be looking at our supplies every single year and paying attention to what happens with regard to rainfall and snowpack and runoff and we're going to be monitoring that quite carefully," Yamada says.
He says along with the new restrictions some water agencies are using tiered water rates that will charge more money for excessive use.
Ed Joyce, KPBS News.