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SD Council to consider drought emergency declaration

San Diego City Council members may soon declare a water emergency for the city that would enact a "Drought Watch Condition" and call for voluntary water conservation.

The council's Environment Committee unanimously supported such a declaration on Wednesday, prompting an announcement of support from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

In clearing the Environment Committee, the proposed declaration can now move to consideration by the full City Council. If approved, it could go into effect by July 1. The declaration, which would declare a Level 1 drought response, asks San Diegans to take voluntary steps to reduce water demand in anticipation of a supply shortage.

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