Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Councilwoman Donna Frye are holding a joint press conference at 1:30 p.m. today to discuss the city’s plan for mandatory water conservation.

The city is holding off on its plan to cut residents’ consumption based on their historic use. Instead, the council is poised to adopt regulations when it meets Tuesday that would designate three specific lawn watering days for residents between June-October and one day between November-May.

Starting July 1, the city will have to cut consumption by 8 percent or face fines from the San Diego County Water Authority.

The proposal calls for the San Diego Water Department to spend $756,000 to hire enforcement staff to investigate complaints of water waste. Residents who water their lawns outside the designated times would face potential fines between $100 and $1,000.

We’ll have more on this after the press conference.


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