For the past three years, San Diego’s Public Utilities Department has launched multiple campaigns supporting water conservation. The month of May is considered Water Awareness Month in California. The official name for the campaign is called “San Diegans Waste No Water.” The campaign includes demonstrations, workshops, a children’s poster contest and a film contest featuring a short film on water conservation.
The film contest features work by high school and college students, which is reviewed by a judge of panels and City staff members. The city council has been implementing other water initiatives as well. One example is approving the Water Purification Demonstration’s final report which would help implement indirect potable reuse in the City’s water system.
More recently, in support of the campaign, San Diego launched an app called “Waste No Water,” in hopes to allow users to report water waste immediately by taking photos of the problem on their phones. It will also provide the address immediately through the app’s GPS locater and is designed for iPhone and Android devices.
“One of the key tools we have in preventing water waste is the public,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “When we work together as a community, there’s nothing that San Diego can’t do. Using this app, the power to conserve water is literally in your hands.”
Examples of wasting water includes: defective sprinklers spraying water into the street, leaking pipes or irrigation systems operating during the day instead of in the early morning or evening. The city encourages residents to report any kind of water waste in neighborhoods, businesses or city parks. The complaints are forwarded to the City’s Water Conservation Department. The city will then notify the person responsible for the waste and educate him or her about water restrictions.
Mayor Faulconer and the city environment committee upgraded the city’s voluntary water limits to mandatory restrictions effective November 1. The “Drought Alert” requirements include a limit on lawn watering to no more than three days a week which is based on a schedule made by the city.
To learn more on the Drought Alert restrictions visit the website site here.
The San Diego Public Utilities Department is adamant about providing programs and solutions to fight this three-year drought. There are landscape classes to inform you on landscape design and maintenance. Rebate programs are provided for rain barrels, grass replacement, micro-irrigation and much more. Along with the “Waste No Water” app and the Drought Alert requirements, the City of San Diego continues to show concern and provide feasible ways to fight against this drought.
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