The San Diego County Water Authority’s board agreed today to formally move into the second stage of its drought management plan.

Doing so allows the authority to pursue one-year purchases of water from other suppliers in Northern and Central California. The authority wants to buy 30,000 acre feet of water — enough to supply 60,000 homes for the year — to help ease the impact of water supply restrictions expected from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The board also approved spending $206,000 to expand outreach and hire a public relations consultant to compose a “drought communications plan.” The plan would include advertising, authority spokesman John Liarakos said, and will be presented to the board in February to ask for funding.

ROB DAVIS

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