SAN DIEGO – San Diegans will have to start paying close attention to how much water they're using as mandatory cut backs go into effect Monday, June 1.
Governor Jerry Brown's executive order requires a 25 percent reduction in water use across the state, citing a worsening drought.
The City of San Diego has a water reduction mandate of 16 percent and officials plan on enforcing tough penalties to those who ignore California's water cut backs.
The use of your home irrigation system accounts for half of residential water use, according to city statistics.
New water saving measures include only irrigating lawns twice a week for 5 minutes after 6 p.m. Odd numbered addresses should only irrigate on Sundays and Thursdays. Wednesdays and Saturdays are for even numbered addresses.
Hosing down driveways, sidewalks and other paved areas is prohibited. Residents are advised to check on their sprinklers and hoses to make sure they are not leaking and wasting water.
If residents are caught breaking the rules, a notification will be sent in the form of a letter for a first offense. A second offense could result in a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000.