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Reader CM spotted CalTrans sprinklers “watering like crazy” on Highway 163 southbound near Friars Road on Monday afternoon — during a hard rain.

CalTrans says it turns its roadside sprinklers off when rain is forecast. Readers, though, have spotted at least six instances of sprinklers spraying roadside landscaping during rainstorms since Thanksgiving.

The agency used 635 million gallons of water between July 2007 and June 2008 in San Diego, making it one of the city’s largest water consumers. This comes as leaders are imploring residents and businesses to cut back on their consumption in the face of possible mandatory cuts.

I’ve been waiting to hear back from CalTrans since the morning to find out what went wrong. We’ll have more when we do.

ROB DAVIS

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