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Water authority launches conservation campaign

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - May is Water Awareness Month, and with how dry it has been this year, San Diegans need to take extra steps to conserve.

Reiterating just how dire our situation is, members of the San Diego County Water Authority launched a campaign Tuesday called "When in Drought, Save Every Day, Every Way."

"The campaign's goal is to thank our community and to motivate them a little bit more to save water where they can," San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stepleton said.

For the third straight year, dry conditions have depleted the state's water supply. With a snow pack at just 20 percent average, Southern California is set to get its lowest level ever of allocation from the state water project -- five percent.

"The bottom line is that we need to work together to build a more drought-resistant region," Stapleton said.

The water authority released a list of 10 things residents can do to conserve. Among them, use a cover for your pool or spa, taker shorter showers, and only run the dishwasher when full. That last tip could save you between two and four and a half gallons a load.

"Everyone in San Diego can do something to save water," water authority board member Mark Weston said.

While the water authority is asking you to do your part, they're doing the same. Right now there is a project underway at the San Vicente Dam to raise so that the reservoir behind it can hold more water for future use.

"It means that we'll be able to store 152,000 acre feet of water, which is enough water for 300,000 homes," Stapleton said.

Officials say because area residents are already doing a good job conserving, emergency supplies are in good standing. But they don't want to get complacent, citing the struggles other areas are going through.

"Especially in Northern California and central valley are being hit, and they're having to take drastic actions," Stapleton said.

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