San Diego Implements Level 1 Drought Alert

The alert includes recommendations residents can take to conserve water amid the hottest months of the year

Due to the ongoing drought across California, the City of San Diego has now started implementing a set of important voluntary water use measures in an effort to conserve water.

According to City of San Diego Public Utilities officials, San Diego entered a “Level 1” drought alert Tuesday calling for residents to “reinforce their water use habits with additional conservation practices” as the hottest months of the year approach.

The alert recommends residents limit themselves to watering their yards no more than three days per week, in addition to permanent irrigation restrictions that mandate watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer and after 4 p.m. in the winter.

The alert also recommends that when watering without an irrigation system, a shutoff nozzle or garden hose sprinkler on a timer should be used. When it rains, yards should not be watered.

Other “Level 1” suggestions include washing vehicles before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer, using recycled water for construction purposes, when available and limiting the use of fire hydrants to firefighting, construction, health and safety.

As a reminder, some of the permanent mandatory water restrictions in place in San Diego include homeowners immediately fixing any leaks in their water systems and residents not using a running hose to wash down driveways, sidewalks, patios or other paved areas. The overfilling of pools and spas is also prohibited. Also, restaurants should only serve or refill water for patrons upon request.

To learn more about water conservation in San Diego, call (619) 515-3500 or visit this website. To report water waste, residents can call (619) 533-5271.

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