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Record Heat Highlights Need for Water Conservation

May 08, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- Bay Area water managers are on edge as temperatures climb, taking a toll on already low water supplies. Most jurisdictions have asked water customers to voluntarily reduce usage in hopes of stalling mandatory restrictions.

"In terms of rationing, we're not in a situation yet where we need to impose that. We have asked our customers to voluntarily take steps to cut back," said Tony Winniker with the SFPUC.

The city of Santa Cruz decided not to wait for restrictions, which went into effect May 1, according to Water Conservation Manager Toby Goddard. "Essentially on watering yards and gardens and that sort of thing. Basically, we allow it early in the morning or late in the afternoon," said Goddard.

Sonoma County is facing unprecedented low water levels in Lake Mendocino.

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