CALIFORNIA IN BRIEF : SAN DIEGO : Voluntary Water Conservation

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The City Council soundly rejected a mandatory water conservation measure and instead opted for a voluntary system designed to cut water use. The council voted to create a voluntary conservation program calling on residential, business and industrial users to cut their water use by at least 10% during the next two months. Mayor Maureen O'Connor, who introduced the voluntary program, pledged to seek mandatory conservation measures in 60 days if the voluntary effort fails to generate the 10% cut needed to offset drought conditions.

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