Mayor Jerry Sanders is holding a 12:30 p.m. press conference to announce workshops to explain and gather input on the city’s plan to reduce water deliveries if supplies are cut.

The Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District, this region’s major supplier, will consider in April whether to reduce deliveries to San Diego and other Southern California cities. If expected cuts come, city residents would have to reduce use to avoid heavy financial penalties. The city is developing a methodology to reduce water use.

From our recent story:

Instead of limiting irrigation to specific days as a way to cut use, the city will calculate residents’ average consumption from 2005 to 2007 and ration a specific percentage of that. The percentage will depend on the shortage’s severity. Residents who exceed their allotment would pay a rate between two and four times higher than normal.

We’ll have more later. Visit our special page, Our Water Supply, for all the background on the region’s water issues.

ROB DAVIS

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