Everybody’s talking water today.

Mayor Jerry Sanders today said city residents need to conserve more water, but at the same time urged them not to overreact to potential cutbacks that are possible next year. The call for conservation will remain voluntary, Sanders said.

“The best approach at this point is to be thoughtful and deliberate, not to alarm or overreact,” Sanders said in a statement. “As you can appreciate, I am concerned about the impacts that an overreaction would have on our local economy. I want to prevent as many of the downsides as possible.”

The city’s Water Department is currently examining ways to buy as much water as possible now, to store in its reservoirs, Sanders said.

Council President Scott Peters’ office sent out an announcement this afternoon saying the City Council would talk about water supply issues when it meets in October. The San Diego County Water Authority will deliver a report at council’s Oct. 8 meeting about the region’s water supplies.


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