City Council mulls stricter water restrictions

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SAN DIEGO – The City Council Monday will consider municipal code amendments to align San Diego’s restrictions on water use during the drought with state and County Water Authority regulations.

The action is in response to an order by state officials for San Diego to reduce consumption by 16 percent.

The amendments proposed by city staff include limiting outdoor watering in San Diego to two days a week for no more than five minutes per station and prohibiting irrigation within 48 hours of measurable rain. The provisions also would allow the city to assign watering days and times, clarify language on the
washing of pavement and define different types of fountains.

The city has been imposing restrictions on water use since last year, but its regulations don’t include all the orders by the state or San Diego County Water Authority.

The amendments were approved unanimously by the council’s Environment Committee last week. Committee Chairman David Alvarez said some of the restrictions are becoming “the new normal.”

Regulations already in place in the city set allowable times for people to water their lawns and cars, require leaks to be fixed within 72 hours, demand that hoses only be used with shut-off nozzles and  that fountains be turned off.