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Water Department Press Release

The City of San Diego Letterhead

July 30, 2002

CONTACT: Christianne Penunuri
(619) 934-4684

City Council Approves
New Commercial Landscape Survey Program
Water Savings to Focus on Landscape Water Conservation

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Mayor and City Council yesterday approved the implementation of the Commercial Landscape Survey Program (CLSP) -- a new City of San Diego Water Department Water Conservation program. This new program will improve the ability of commercial, industrial, and institutional customers to manage their irrigation needs. The CLSP is designed for customers with at least one acre of irrigated landscape. It provides these customers a water-use survey and a water-use budget. These two key items provide the property-owner with the tools necessary to cut water consumption and maintain existing landscaping.

"We are constantly looking for opportunities to help our customers save water," said Luis Generoso, Water Resources Manager for the City of San Diego's Water Department. "With this new program we anticipate saving 650 acre-feet of water per year which is enough to water to meet the needs of 1,300 average-sized families for a year. The upside for the customer is a lower water bill, and healthier landscaping."

The cutting-edge technology of the Water Resources Landscape Database (WRLD) will provide customers with water-budgets printed on their water bills. By combining landscape elements and weather data, WRLD provides an estimated water-budget specific to each parcel of property. The database is expected to greatly increase the effectiveness of the CLSP by allowing the customer to track and compare actual water-use against the recommended amount.

"Property-owners will be able to maximize irrigation by using WRLD," said Nora Jaeschke, owner of N.N. Jaeschke, Inc., a San Diego property management company. "It provides information on how much water to use, and offers suggestions for when to water for greatest benefit."

The program will be administered by existing City of San Diego Water Department staff, who have been piloting the new program in partnership with the City's Park and Recreation Department. It is anticipated that 120 surveys and 600 water-budgets will be completed during the next year.

The Water Conservation Program reduces water demand through promoting or providing incentives for the installation of hardware that provides permanent water savings, and by providing services and information to help San Diegans make better decisions about water use. For more information about Water Conservation, visit www.sandiego.gov/water or call 619.515.3500.

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