Water use decreases in August for San Diego
Water use was down 11.3 percent citywide in August, compared to the same month last year, as San Diegans largely complied with mandatory restrictions, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced Tuesday.
Residential customers in San Diego cut their water use by 10.7 percent in August, compared to the same month last year, according to the mayor’s office.
During the same period, commercial and industrial water use dropped 5.1 percent and the use of water for irrigation fell by 19.5 percent.
Sanders said the decline in water use was a “remarkable achievement” given August’s hot weather.
“These figures prove yet again that San Diegans are serious about saving water,” Sanders said.
However, not everyone has complied with the water-conservation requirements.
Three $100 citations will go out today to water customers who failed to heed the restrictions and continued to irrigate landscaping on the wrong day, said Luis Generoso, water resources manager for the Water Department.
The citations are the first the city has had to issue since the mandatory water restrictions took effect on June 1.
Those restrictions limit when residents can water their lawns, wash their cars and spray off their driveways and sidewalks. There are also limitations on ornamental fountains and construction watering, and restaurants can only serve water upon request.
The City Council declared a “level 2″ drought alert in San Diego in June in the wake of years of drought and court rulings that limit the amount of water that can be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect endangered fish.
Sanders said the water shortage will persist if the region doesn’t get adequate rainfall this winter.
“This could continue into the future if we don’t start receiving
rain,” he cautioned.
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