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Mandatory water restrictions lifted

ENCINITAS — Due to a considerable improvement in the region’s water supply situation, the San Dieguito Water District board of directors voted to end the district’s Drought Response Level 2 Condition at its April 27 meeting. Mandatory water use restrictions, in place since July 1, 2009, are no longer in effect.
Ending the Level 2 Condition will also eliminate restrictions on the purchase of a new water meter and the district’s drought rates. The reduction in water rates will result in the average customer seeing a 5 percent decrease in their water bill.
Water supply conditions within the state have improved considerably this year. The California snowpack is more than 160 percent of normal and most reservoirs are nearing capacity. This led Gov. Brown to declare an end to California’s drought March 30 and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board to terminate water shortage allocations to member agencies on April 12.
“In the two years since our district has mandated the Level 2 Drought Restrictions, our customers have done an excellent job conserving water,” said San Dieguito Water District General Manager Larry Watt. “While the significant levels of rain and snowpack have ended the state’s drought condition, there are still regulatory restrictions on the Bay-Delta in Northern California and the state is always one to two dry years away from another water supply shortage. Therefore, the district will continue to promote a strong water conservation message. In the event the water supply situation requires the District to re-implement water-use restrictions, we know our customers will respond quickly and in a responsible manner.”

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