The impact of California's drought on San Diego County

City Resurrects Water Consumption Report Cards

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria hopes the reports will keep conservation in San Diegans' minds

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    AP

    Water consumption report cards are coming back to San Diego as city officials look for ways encourage residents to save water.

    Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced Wednesday that in light of Governor Jerry Brown’s drought emergency declaration last month, the city will release regular updates on water consumption.

    Gloria said the situation in Southern California is not as dire as Northern or Central California, but San Diegans can always do more.

    “We live in a beautiful city, but it’s one with a dry climate, and we need to accept conservation as a permanent way of life.”

    Water consumption report cards became a regular facet between 2009 and 2011, when the city implemented mandatory water restrictions.

    From time to time, the water department would send out public updates on how much water was being saved citywide. Over that three-year period, Gloria said San Diegans cut their use by 19 percent.

    With regular report cards renewed, Gloria hopes that residents will keep conservation in mind when they turn on their taps.

    City Councilmember David Alvarez joined Gloria Wednesday to propose an expansion of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs.

    In addition to clean energy solutions, the programs offer financing options to property owners for conservation upgrades like drip irrigation installations, leak fixes and efficient water systems.

    Alvarez brought a proposal for PACE expansion before the city council’s Committee on the Environment Wednesday afternoon.

    For everyday water conservation tips, Gloria recommended logging on to WasteNoWater.org.