If you read my two water-related stories today and yesterday and you didn’t get overwhelmed by all the numbers in them, congrats. It could’ve been worse. My editor made me cut a bunch.

Here are a few:

  • San Diego’s city government used enough water from July 2007-June 2008 to stack a football field with water jugs stretching two miles high.
  • Citywide, San Diego’s 1.3 million residents consumed 68 billion gallons of water in that time.
  • That was down from 73 billion gallons from July 2006-June 2007, before the call for water conservation began.
  • The Navy, which cut consumption by 533 million gallons, saved enough water to fill more than 650 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

And finally, Charlie Olson, operations and technical manager at the Miramar Wholesale Nursery, which cut its use 26 percent, had the best quote that didn’t make my story.

“I know about water,” Olson said. “It could turn to gold overnight.”


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