The impact of California's drought on San Diego County

Voluntary Water-Saving Measures Take Effect July 1

San Diego City Council has declared a Drought Response Level 1

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    San Diegans will soon be asked to do their part to save water amid severe drought conditions across California.

    On Tuesday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council unanimously approved the declaration of a Drought Response Level 1, which means city residents will be asked to take voluntary steps to conserve water.

    As of July 1, San Diegans will be asked to:

    • Only water their lawns on three assigned days each week
    • Reserve the use of fire hydrants for firefighters, construction, health and safety
    • Not use irrigation during rain
    • Use a hose with a shutoff nozzle or timer for irrigation
    • Use recycled water for construction purposes when possible

    "We’re facing a water supply shortage and a long fire season ahead so it’s prudent that all San Diegans do what they can to conserve water,” Mayor Faulconer said in a statement Tuesday.

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    Drought conditions in California range from “severe” to “exceptional.” As of May 13, nearly 77 percent of the state was classified under “extreme drought” compared to 0 percent this time last year, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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