With the first measurable rainfall of the season hitting many parts of the region today, the San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents, businesses and public agencies to temporarily shut off landscape watering systems during wet weather this fall and winter. Irrigation systems can be turned off for several days following storms bringing measurable amounts of rain and up to a week or more following a heavy storms.
Today’s storm is also a good reminder to reduce the frequency and length of watering cycles on all landscape during these shorter, cooler days. Additional water saving tips are available a www.20gallonchallenge.com.
The need to increase water conservation intensified last week following the state Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) October 30 announcement to limit State Water Project deliveries in 2009 to 15 percent of demand – its second lowest initial allocation the history of the State Water Project. The State Water Project provides about a third of all water used in San Diego County.
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