When I heard one of San Diego’s radio spots in January urging four-times-per-week lawn watering, it caught my attention.

That’s illegal, of course, under the city’s water restrictions.

The city’s storm water department is promoting the incorrect information in commercials running in both English and Spanish. They say residents should water three to four times a week, for 10 to 12 minutes. (The restrictions limit it to three times a week for 10 minutes from June through October and to three times a week for seven minutes the rest of the year.)

I brought the erroneous information to the attention of Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office, which promised to check into it.

Two months later, the commercials are still on the city’s website. I have another call in to the Mayor’s Office to see whether the ads will be amended to include accurate information.


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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