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Outdoor water restrictions now permanent in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council voted Tuesday to make outdoor water use restrictions permanent in San Diego.

Amid water supply shortages brought on by years of drought in California, the City Council voted last year to declare a "Level 2" drought alert in San Diego.

The declaration led to mandatory limits on residential lawn watering, landscape irrigation, car washes, ornamental fountains, construction-site watering and other water uses.

Tuesday's action, which was approved 7-0 without discussion, makes the "Level 2" water restrictions permanent. City Council President Ben Hueso was absent from this morning's meeting.

"We need to really embrace sustainable living and operating both in our homes and our businesses," Councilman Carl DeMaio said. "It will be our future, and frankly, if we are able to improve our management of water and energy, it might very well be a competitive edge for our local economy."

The effort to make the water use restrictions permanent was spearheaded by Councilwoman Donna Frye.

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