When I was reporting my story on the heavy water use by some City Council members that ran yesterday, the Mayor’s Office declined to comment on the mayor’s water use. His average monthly consumption dropped from 2006 to 2007, though he’s still using more water than a typical San Diego household.

Sanders addressed his consumption — and that of other elected city officials — at his press conference today. I asked whether he would target his call for water conservation directly to his colleagues on City Council. He replied:

Probably we’re not going to save a significant amount. But I’m asking everyone in San Diego.

I realize that I’ve got to start cutting back more than I already have. And I’m willing to do that. All of us need to set an example on that. … I just think a lot of people don’t realize how scarce water is in Southern California.


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