Close to 40 drought-related emergency proclamations have been received by the state from city, county, and tribal governments, as well as special districts.
In San Diego County, several water districts have established voluntary conservation efforts in the face of the state's drought.
Helix Water District, Valley Center Municipal Water District, Vallecitos Water District, Vista Irrigation District, Fallbrook Public Utilities District and Rincon del Diablo Water District have declared "Drought Level 1” advising its customers to stop washing paved surfaces, water landscape before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., use recirculated water for garden fountains and wash vehicles using a bucket and hose with a shut off nozzle.They also ask restaurants to serve water only on request.
The Sweetwater Water Authority is asking customers in Chula Vista, National City and Bonita are to continue voluntary water conservation, up to ten percent. For more information, call the Water Efficiency Helpline at (619) 409-6779.
The Santa Fe Irrigation District also adopted the drought level 1 suggestions. The district offers several rebates and incentives for outdoor and indoor appliances and offers free residential surveys for its customers. Visit www.sfidwater.org/conservation to find out more.
The San Dieguito Water District touts its increasing number of customers conserving water along with the plan for the Carlsbad Desalination plant as being helpful to protect customers from the drought.
In Encinitas, the Olivenhain Water District is promoting the Mayor's Challenge. Residents are invited to sign up to help Encinitas beat out other cities in the U.S. to determine the city that is most water wise. Visit MyWaterPledge.com and take the pledge on behalf of Encinitas. Both individual contestants and participating cities can win prizes.
How do you and your family compare when it comes to conserving water? Use this calculator from Water Smart San Diego County to find out.