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Increased Water Restrictions Coming to San Diego: Board



    Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. In an effort to force the public to conserve water, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to approve a proposal that includes fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    San Diego residents will soon have increased water restrictions in light of California’s worsening drought.

    The San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors voted Thursday to implement mandatory restrictions on residents’ water use.

    It will now be up to the 24 water districts to decide how they will implement these restrictions.

    The board’s vote follows a statewide mandate that came last week from the California Water Resources Control Board calling for a set of restrictions that haven’t been around in nearly two decades. Among the restrictions is a $500 fine for water-wasters.

    The local water board cited three straight dry winters as well as the record-breaking heat of the first half of this year for California’s worsening water supply.

    Further details on what this local mandate will look like weren’t immediately available.