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San Diego County water use continues to fall

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The region's water customers reduced consumption 26 percent in September, compared with the same month two years ago, the San Diego County Water Authority reported Tuesday.

From July through September, water use was reduced 27 percent, beating the region's target of 20 percent, according to the SDCWA. State water officials set water consumption rates in 2013 as the conservation standard.

The savings came despite a month in which the average temperature was 7 degrees higher than normal.

"The San Diego community keeps rising to the water conservation challenge despite exceptionally hot weather," said Mark Weston, chairman of the Water Authority Board of Directors.

"It's critical for our region to maintain a leadership role in conservation as we enter the fifth year of drought," Weston said. "While we all hope that El Nino will produce more rain and snow in coming months, there's no guarantee that will happen where we need it most -- in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains."

SDCWA officials said even if El Nino produces heavy rains, more than one year's worth of precipitation will be needed to end the drought.

According to the agency, water being saved now is being stored for use next year, in case the drought continues.

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