Third year of drought prompts emergency declaration

No water restrictions for San Diego at this time

SAN DIEGO - Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency Friday.  California has now endured three straight extremely dry years. Brown asked residents to conserve. In San Diego, a County Water Authority spokesman said Southern California is actually OK.

“For 2014, we’re very fortunate,” said spokesman Jason Foster.  “We don’t expect to have any supply shortages in San Diego County this year.”

That translates into no water restrictions for the time being.

Foster warned 2015 could be another story if Mother Nature doesn’t help.

Reservoir levels are holding steady and San Diegans have done a good job conserving water. In 2004, the average San Diegan used 122 gallons of water a day. That was down to 106 in 2013.

Water bills have skyrocketed at the same time.

“They’re high,” said Tierrasanta resident Gary Haigh. “But I guess it’s the price we pay to live in this beautiful community."

Water is roughly 90 percent more expensive than it was 10 years ago.

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