Faulconer, Lightner Call on San Diegans to Continue Leading the Way on Water Conservation During Historic Drought

State Water Supply is Critically Low and Everyone Must Do Their Part to Conserve

San Diego - With state reservoirs at historic lows and as California enters its fourth consecutive year of drought conditions, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Council President Sherri Lightner today urged San Diegans to remain statewide leaders in water conservation and do everything they can to waste no water.

"Over the last few years, San Diegans have met the challenge to use water wisely by reducing their water usage by nearly 20 percent," Mayor Faulconer said. "Our collective work to continue to raise the bar with water conservation is an ongoing civic challenge that we embrace as San Diegans. Water truly is a precious resource in our region and wasting it is simply never an option."

New state regulations enacted this week won't trigger anything new in San Diego as the City Council previously enacted similar water-use restrictions at the mayor's direction. That action moved the City into Drought Alert status, the second phase of citywide conservation that went into effect Nov. 1 and calls for mandatory water use restrictions in response to the severe drought conditions statewide.

New state regulations enacted this week won't trigger anything new in San Diego as the City Council previously enacted similar water-use restrictions at the mayor's direction. That action moved the City into Drought Alert status, the second phase of citywide conservation that went into effect Nov. 1 and calls for mandatory water use restrictions in response to the severe drought conditions statewide.

The mandatory measures already enacted by the City include:

  • Watering only during 3 assigned days per week.
  • Limiting the use of fire hydrants to fire fighting, construction, health and safety.
  • No irrigation during rain.
  • Using hose with a shutoff nozzle or timer for irrigation.
  • Using recycled water for construction purposes, when available.

For full details on the mandatory water-use restrictions, see the attached Fact Sheet.

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