SAN DIEGO — Local water agencies were required to achieve state-mandated water-use targets on June 1, according to a press release.

Homes and business will need to limit irrigation with potable water to two days or less per week, noted the release. San Diego Water Authority members must reduce usage by 12 to 26 percent compared to 2013 water use levels.

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted the emergency measures on May 5, stated the release. The reduction targets will be in place through February 2016.

Many of the Water Authority’s 24 members have set the allowed watering dates and times, while others are working on it, reported the release. This will help agencies to avoid state fines as they work to meet their goals.

The Water Authority has worked to increase conservation and outreach efforts by $1 million, shared the release. It has created a partnership with the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association as well as the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego to remind customers about the effort.

The Water Authority created a garden exhibit with the San Diego Horticultural Society at the San Diego County Fair from June 5 to July 5, noted the release.

“San Diego County residents have done a great job conserving water over the past few decades, but we face unprecedented conditions and we each need to find new ways to reduce our water use,” said Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the Water Authority, in the release. “The easiest way to achieve greater savings is outdoors.

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