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SANTA CRUZ -- Residents have responded well to a Santa Cruz
County public awareness campaign urging water conservation because of
The campaign kicked off in late spring after a winter of
below-normal rainfall. It includes billboards, rebates on low-flow
showerheads and waterless urinals and adjustments to irrigation
Most county water agencies asked residents to voluntarily
conserve. The city of Santa Cruz, however, ordered mandatory measures
in May that prohibit daytime watering outdoors.
The city has sent out 200 warning letters to those caught washing
cars or watering lawns without a hose that has a nozzle on it, city
water conservation manager Toby Goddard said.
"It's not a deluge of letters, to use a water term, but we're
still classifying this a critically dry year. And we think the
restrictions have made people more aware," he said.
Santa Cruz has already saved nearly a million gallons of water per
day this month.
Santa Cruz County gets most of its water from the San Lorenzo
River, which is now barely a trickle as it leaves the Santa Cruz
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