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Live WaterSmart

Editor: The following was Mayor Sam Abed’s weekly message published on the city website.

Though Governor Brown has declared the drought officially over, you won’t see much change in the way Escondido residents use water.  We know that California will have more years of drought in the future, we just don’t know when.  Making smart decisions today helps us prepare for tomorrow.

The Utilities Department is working to expand the supply of water, through projects like the Microfiltration/Reverse Osmosis Advance Treatment plant, and our ability to store water, through projects like replacing the Lake Wohlford Dam.

At the same time, we’ll keep using water according to the efficiency standards in place every day, regardless of drought conditions.  They include things like:

• Repairing leaks and line breaks as soon as they are discovered.

• Eliminating excessive runoff from over watering.

• Irrigating landscapes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

• Recirculating water in fountains.

• Using a hose with a water shut-off nozzle anytime you wash a vehicle.

• Not washing hardscape with a hose or other pressurized source.

• Turning off potable irrigation during rainfall or within 48 hours if rainfall.

• Hotel or motel providing guests with the option not to have towels and/or linens laundered daily.

Restaurants or other places where food is served not serving drinking water to customers unless requested by the customer.

From Escondido Municipal Code, Article 5, including Section 31-230 and Section 31-232

With these simple actions, we can all live WaterSmart.  For more information about conservation in Escondido, visit

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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