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Storm not enough to help drought
Tighter water restrictions touted for 2015
By Bob Lawrence
SAN DIEGO – Scores of water agency experts are in San Diego for a state conference, with the consensus being there would have to be 10 to 12 more storms like the one Tuesday in the next four months to ease the drought.
“That’s the reality as we’re looking at a 10 percent cut in water supplies from the State Water Project,” said Rich Atwater, executive director of the Southern California Water Committee.
A key to holding off drought, Atwater said, is adequate storage, but he said reservoirs are already low.
“By next summer, they’re going to be at emergency low levels, so it’s going to be a real problem,” he said.
The good news for San Diego is that the desalination plant in Carlsbad will be able to add to the water supply once it’s completed. Additionally, the city of San Diego approved a water recycling program much like what Orange County is now doing.
The desal plant won’t be online until 2016, and it will be years after that before a recycling plant is built.
“Outdoor water use is the key, we really need it to be the biggest game changer in terms of cutting back on water use,” Atwater said.