Sprinklers watering a lawn in Southern California. Image courtesy Metropolitan Water District

With no end in sight to California’s record drought, the state Water Resources Control Board late Tuesday approved emergency drought regulations to cut water use in urban areas by 25 percent.

The measures call for cities and water agencies to reduce water use by amounts ranging from 8 percent to 36 percent, depending on how efficiently they use water.

The city of San Diego is slated for a 16 percent cut, while heavy water users like Rancho Santa Fe will face the full 36 percent reduction.

After hearing public testimony in Sacramento, the five members of the state board voted unanimously to approve the plan. The rules were drawn up to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order for a 25 percent cut in urban water use statewide.

The reductions are expected to go into effect May 15.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.