City News Service
San Diegans need to wait an additional two hours to water their landscapes in the afternoon, beginning Wednesday, to comply with city regulations.
While many restrictions were lifted last month with the end of the drought, other rules still remain in effect, including the hours in which lawns can be irrigated.
From June to October, watering is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., when evaporation is at its greatest. From November to May, watering is banned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Under the rules still in effect, water wasters could still be ticketed for:
• irrigation overflows that produce a flow in gutters;
• washing cars without an automatic shutoff nozzle;
• failing to fix a leak;
• using a hose to wash down driveways and patios; and
• using decorative fountains that do not recirculate water.
"While the drought may be officially over, waste is never an option,'' Mayor Jerry Sanders said. "Using water wisely throughout the year needs to remain a permanent way of life.''
The city declared a water emergency two years ago, but a near-record snowpack in the eastern Sierra Nevada and an above-average rainy season ended the drought.
The City Council voted 6-1, with Marti Emerald dissenting, to remove the most restrictive regulations, which limited lawn watering to 10 minutes at a time, three days per week.