San Diegans used 13 percent less water countywide during July and August, a key peak period for consumption, outpacing the required 8 percent cuts that went into effect July 1.

Data from the San Diego County Water Authority shows that countywide consumption dropped by 18,000 acre feet — about enough for 36,000 average households for a year.

John Liarakos, an authority spokesman, said July’s weather had been slightly warmer and August’s about average. Temperature can affect how much water plants need https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/articles/2009/05/05/environment/847wateringdays050409.txt“target=”_blank”>to stay green.

“We’re looking at a pretty significant drop even factoring in the weather,” he said. “There’s been a definite movement to conserve water and reduce water use throughout the county.”

ROB DAVIS

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