By Scott Sherman
In response to continuing drought conditions statewide, the city has enacted its drought alert stage of mandatory water use restrictions. Thankfully, San Diego residents have, for the most part, already taken common sense measures to conserve water.
Here is a summary of the new restrictions that took effect Nov. 1:
Water on three assigned days a week.
Residences with odd-numbered addresses (e.g. 301 Drought Drive): Water only on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Residences with even-numbered addresses (e.g. 500 Conservation Circle): Water only on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays.
Apartments, condominiums and businesses: Water only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Water lawns at the right times (time limits for standard sprinkler systems)
Nov. 1 to May 31: Water between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. for only seven minutes when using a standard sprinkler system.
June 1 to Oct. 31: Water between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. for only 10 minutes when using a standard sprinkler system.
Additional drought alert restrictions:
Stop operation of all ornamental fountains, except to the extent needed for maintenance purposes.
Use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or timed sprinkler system to water landscaped areas.
Do not water when it is raining.
The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, airplanes and other types of transportation equipment is only allowed during the following times: between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. from Nov. 1 to May 31; between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. from June 1 to Oct. 31.
If you have any questions regarding the new water restrictions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 619-236-6677 or email me at ScottSherman@sandiego.gov. For more information please visit the Water Department’s website, sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml.