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If you’ve looked up at the sky in the past 30 minutes, you’ve probably noticed that it looks like it’s going to rain.

In a sign of how significant the water shortages coming to the county next year could be, the San Diego County Water Authority has noticed, too. And since it’s going to rain, the authority is urging the county’s residents to stop watering outdoors. If the predicted drenching comes, the authority says residents shouldn’t water outside for the next week.

If everyone heeds that request, the authority says it would save 2,000 acre feet of water — enough to whet the thirsts of 4,000 families for a year.

ROB DAVIS

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