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Water conservation: Thanks for saving, don't forget the summer lawn-watering rules

I congratulate San Diegans for continuing to save water. During the past 11 months that we've been under new water regulations, San Diegans have done a terrific job cutting back and I have no doubt that our solid track record will continue this summer.

San Diegans reduced their water consumption by 9.2% in April compared to April 2009. Overall, water use in the city is down nearly 12% for the fiscal year. City government reduced its water use 26% in April.

This is also a reminder to all San Diegans about the new summer lawn-watering rules. As of June 1, San Diegans can water their lawns only after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m.. Previously, residents were allowed to water after 4 p.m.. The summer rules are designed to prevent people from watering their lawns during the hottest hours of the day, when water evaporates more quickly.

Also as of June 1, residents can run their sprinklers for a maximum of ten minutes per day, compared to seven minutes per day during the winter months. Residents can still water their lawns three days a week. Designated watering days remain the same.

For more information on which days you can water your lawn, and other specifics about the city’s water-restriction rules, visit the city's website.