SAN CLEMENTE : Water-Rationing Law to Be Presented

A special 6 p.m. presentation of a proposed emergency water-rationing ordinance will be made by the City Council tonight in the first of several public hearings.

Under the proposed ordinance, a supplemental program would take effect before tough water-rationing laws were imposed in an emergency.

The program calls for more public warnings about the potential for another water shortage like the one last summer, when the area's largest reservoir dropped to less than half its normal level.

Before resorting to water-rationing, the city would be asked to encourage drought-tolerant landscaping, regulate irrigation schedules, provide more frequent monitoring of water meters and hire two full-time employees, said the report from utilities manager Greg G. Morehead.

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