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San Diego County’s 2015 Water Use Restrictions

6118339The Water Authority’s Board of Directors on May 14 adopted a set of measures to help local water agencies meet state mandated water-use reduction targets by restricting irrigation of ornamental landscapes to no more than two days a week across the region and immediately boosting regional conservation and outreach efforts. In addition, the Board established local urban and agricultural water supply cutbacks based on reduced water deliveries from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and set penalties for local agencies that exceed their supply allocations from the Water Authority.

The regional approach to meet the state mandated water-use restrictions centers on decreasing ornamental landscape irrigation first to minimize the economic disruption caused by cuts to water used by industrial, commercial and farming operations. Local water agencies are responsible for determining the specific measures are necessary to meet state mandates and avoid financial penalties by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Facing unprecedented drought conditions, the State Water Board adopted water-use reduction mandates on May 5 to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 executive order for a 25 percent statewide reduction in urban water use.

In the San Diego region, the state’s mandate translates to water-saving targets between 12 and 36 percent for the Water Authority’s retail member agencies starting June 1 and lasting through February 2016a daunting task that will require everyone in the region to increase water-saving efforts.

More information about the state board’s actions, including statewide water-use restrictions, is here.

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