With two storms forecast to hit the region starting early next week, the San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents, businesses and public agencies to temporarily shut off their landscape watering systems. Irrigation systems can be turned off for several days following storms bringing measurable amounts of rain and up to a week or more following heavy storms.
The National Weather Service today projected one storm would bring ½ inch to 1 inch of rain to the coast and inland valleys Monday. A potentially bigger storm is forecast to reach San Diego County between late Wednesday and Friday.
The ongoing need to conserve water has been reinforced by the state Department of Water Resources’ December 1 announcement that the initial allocation of State Water Project deliveries in 2010 is 5 percent. It’s the lowest initial allocation the history of the State Water Project, which provides about a third of all water used in San Diego County.
The frequency and length of watering cycles should be reduced during the fall and winter because of the shorter, cooler days. Additional water-saving tips are available a www.20gallonchallenge.com.
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