Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an end to California's three-year-old drought, but the city of San Diego is waiting for more information before lifting the water usage restrictions placed on residents and businesses.
In 2009, the city imposed mandatory water restrictions to curb usage after the drought caused a rise in water prices, explained Alex Roth, a spokesman for Mayor Jerry Sanders.
"We don't find out until later this month what water allocation we're going to get from our water wholesalers, that being the County Water Authority," Roth said. "We've faced caps on how much water we can use without facing exorbitant penalties these past years. We're waiting to see if that cap is lifted."
For nearly two years, San Diego residents and business owners have seen restrictions on the number of days and hours people could water their lawns and plants, a ban on irrigation during rain, limits on vehicle washing and a reduction in car washes that don't use reclaimed water, a ban on overfilling swimming pools, a requirement that restaurants only fill water glasses upon request, and others.
Residents have also seen their water rates go up to cover higher wholesale costs.
Roth said the city should know if prices are going down by the end of next month, and can't make any decisions until then.