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New Plan Cuts Watering Back To One Day A Week

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A report card is out on how San Diegans are coping with new water rules. Many changed their water habits, but some are still confused with the schedules. Now there are stricter rules coming our way.

It's been two weeks since the mandatory water restrictions were implemented. Of the city's 280,000 customers, only 300 have been reported as water abusers. While no fines have been issued, the biggest problem has been not knowing your assigned watering day, and watering longer than your allotted 10 minutes. Overall, it's promising news, but more restrictions are headed our way starting Nov. 1.

"The days are shorter, the days are cooler, and as we enter into fall and winter the three days a week watering schedule will go turn down to one day a week," Luis Generoso of the San Diego Water Department said.

But with only one watering day a week concerns are already mounting over green landscapes turning brown, and the fire potential this sitting fuel could pose to residents.

"There is a provision for exceptions, it's called a hardship variance. If you feel you need more than one day a week for good cause, and one of the reasons for a hardship variance is fire safety," Generoso said.

But filing a hardship variance will cost you. Depending on the size of your property, the non-refundable application fee could run you between $25 and $100.

While city leaders have yet to iron out how assigned days will be designated, sprinkler use will remain limited to 10 minutes per water station. It's a rule that has residents like Nezam Etimide considering drought resistance landscaping instead of grass.

"It really adds up, and if you think about it lawns look great but they cost a fortune," he said.

The one day a week watering schedule will run from November 1 through May 31. City water officials say they'll have more information on assigned watering days by the end of July.

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