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San Diego water supply stable amid worsening drought

The Carlsbad desalination plant, shown in this undated photograph, now provides nearly ten percent of San Diego County's water supply.
San Diego County Water Authority
The Carlsbad desalination plant, shown in this undated photograph, now provides nearly ten percent of San Diego County's water supply.

The first ever outdoor water restrictions have recently been announced for sections of Los Angeles and other Southern California counties.

Due to an increasingly severe drought that’s drastically reduced the sierra snowpack, watering will be cut back to one day a week in those areas.

San Diego, however, is being spared such measures.

The county’s success in diversifying its water supply, which has been viewed as a model for other areas of the state, has also lead to high prices for ratepayers here.

The San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Michael Smolens joined Midday Edition on Monday with more on the state of San Diego's water resources.