The mayors of six San Diego County cities Monday called on residents to immediately cut outdoor watering to two days a week amid California’s record drought.
“There is no greater challenge facing this state than the drought,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “The main point of gathering together at this press conference is that we are all in this together in this region.”
Faulconer was joined by the mayors of El Cajon, Escondido, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and Poway at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.
Water districts in San Diego County are under a state mandate to reduce water use by 12 to 36 percent beginning Monday.
San Diego faces a 16 percent cut, and officials urged residents to limit watering to two days a week beginning Monday, even though a city ordinance is not ready yet. The draft ordinance calls for the following watering schedule:
- Homes with odd numbers — Sunday and Thursday
- Homes with even numbers — Wednesday and Saturday
- Apartments, condos and businesses — Monday and Friday
Watering should be scheduled only after 6 p.m. or before 10 a.m. and be limited to 5 minutes per sprinkler station.
The mayors gathered at the five-acre Water Conservation Garden because of its role in helping San Diegans save water. It was created during a series of severe droughts in the 1990s.
“East County has really been leading this effort through this garden,” noted El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.
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