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East County News Service

May 13, 2015 (San Diego) - San Diego Supervisors this week approved steps in response to state-mandated orders to slash water use during the drought.

Supervisors voted unanimously to reduce irrigation along county roads and medians, install artificial turf at county-run ball fields, retrofit water systems and county facilities, and cut operating hours at the newly built Waterfront Park’s fountains. Supervisors also approved plans to install a water reclamation system at the Las Colinas detention facility in Santee, and study feasibility of a similar system at a prison facility in Otay, since prisons account for half the water used at county facilities.

Supervisors also faulted state regulators for failing to take into account previously conservation efforts. The package of steps approved by the supervisors included continuing to lobby the state to amend the required cutbacks based on previous conservation efforts, City Times reports.

The latest county actions are forecast to cost $14.8 million, including $13.2 million in new spending.