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Across San Diego County last year, total water demand dropped 10 percent last year, according to San Diego County Water Authority statistics.

For that, you can thank the growers in North County whose water deliveries were cut 30 percent. Agricultural users actually cut consumption by 40 percent.

But residential and business water users didn’t meet the authority’s voluntary conservation target of 10 percent. Those consumers cut consumption 5 percent in 2008.

If water-supply cuts come later this year, they’ll have to increase their efforts or face financial penalties. The Metropolitan Water District says cuts could range between 10 percent and 30 percent.

ROB DAVIS

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