SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diegans reduced water consumption by 26 percent last month, the second straight month of strong conservation throughout the region, the County Water Authority reported Thursday.
The May reduction figure followed a 23 percent cutback in April, compared to the same months in 2013, the baseline used by state water
In the one year since state-mandated conservation began, San Diego County customers have used 22 percent less water than in 2013, according to the SDCWA. The target had been 20 percent, but was later reduced to 13 percent.
"The past 12 months add to an impressive success story for this region, which clearly understands the need to be efficient in using our most precious natural resource,'' said Mark Weston, chairman of the Water Authority's Board
"It's no surprise that San Diego-area residents and businesses stepped up again, exceeding expectations and building upon what was already a nearly 40 percent decline in per capita potable water use since 1990,'' he said.
Water Authority officials said they are working on a regional supply sufficiency certification, to deliver to state water officials, that says the San Diego area has enough water for the next three years, even if they're dry.
Under the state's new formula for determining water-use reduction targets -- which the State Water Resources Control Board adopted on May 18 following a state assessment of water-supply conditions -- the San Diego region won't be subject to state-mandated water-use reductions from this month through January next year, according to the Water Authority.
A slow-moving brush fire blackened dozens of open acres east of Pala Casino Tuesday, sending plumes of smoke over northeastern San Diego County but posing no reported structural threats.
The next time you can't find the energy to take a 16 hour flight to Australia, consider visiting Walkabout Australia - a new four acre animal habitat designed by one of Australia's own.
Students at Calavera Hills Middle School in Carlsbad on Wednesday will be recognized for their creation of prosthetic devices using 3D printers that will help children around the world.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday rejected an emergency ordinance that would have banned motorized scooters on boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay and La Jolla.
A domestic violence suspect holed up in a Paradise Hills apartment Tuesday when police arrived in response to a reported disturbance, leading to a four-hour standoff that ended when he finally surrendered.
The San Diego City Council, also operating as the Housing Authority, Tuesday renewed operating and oversight agreements for the city's three temporary tent shelters for the homeless over the objections of Councilman David Alvarez, who called the shelters a "complete failure."
A sheriff's deputy accused of groping a teenage girl while standing behind her in a Vista fast-food restaurant line pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of committing a lewd act on a 14-year-old and accessing a computer to look up information on the case.
Becoming a social media influencer is a popular way to earn cash on the side these days. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but we've got insider tips from a pro on how to be successful.