Water consumption down in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Water customers in San Diego continued their strong rate of conservation in June, lowering consumption by 24 percent over the same period two years ago, the city announced Wednesday.

That follows a 26 percent drop in San Diego during the rainy month of May, which was previously reported by state water officials.

“The June reduction shows that San Diegans continue to be statewide leaders in water conservation, and they should be applauded for doing their part during this ongoing drought,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

“But June is just the first month of many in which we are being asked to conserve,” he said. “As we enter the hot summer months, we can’t let up. The best way to keep your water usage low is to reduce outdoor watering to two days a week.”

The city of San Diego, ordered by state water officials to cut back customer deliveries by 16 percent over 2013 levels because of the drought, is also telling customers to water for 5 minutes per station, and to do so before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

Other restrictions include not watering within 48 hours of measurable rain, using hoses with automatic shutoff sprayers, shutting off ornamental fountains, and not washing vehicles between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A full list of water use restrictions is online at http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml.