by George J. Janczyn / Groksurf’s San Diego / August 28, 2012
The San Diego City Council has been working on a comprehensive water policy for several years. While incremental developments have been sporadically reported in the news media, it’s easy to lose the thread, so here’s a backgrounder.
In late 2010, anticipating an eventual announcement that the drought was officially over, then San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye proposed that the city’s temporary Drought Response Level 2 restrictions on water use be made permanent, rather than be discontinued. The Level 2 rules limited landscape watering to three days per week/10 minutes per session and only during early morning or evening hours (see the Emergency Water Regulations for complete details on water use restrictions).
Frye’s idea was to send residents a lifestyle message about the ongoing need to conserve water, drought or no drought, in accord with living in a semi-arid region where water storage is limited and supplies from hundreds of miles away are subject to curtailment, price increases, and/or cutoff due to disaster.
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