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Water consumption in San Diego was down 9.5 percent in October from a year earlier, Mayor Jerry Sanders announced this morning.

The city’s residential users cut consumption 8.6 percent; irrigation-only customers cut 14.7 percent; commercial users were down 8.5 percent. The city government — the largest user — cut consumption 10.8 percent.

City-wide water use is down about 13 percent overall since June 1 when the city’s mandatory water restrictions went into effect.

The city is under a mandate to cut consumption by 8 percent this year or face potential penalties from the San Diego County Water Authority, the region’s water wholesaler. Its supplies have been restricted by drought and protections in place for endangered fish on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a major source of San Diego’s water.

ROB DAVIS

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