City unveils new app that lets users tattle on water wasters

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The city of San Diego Thursday unveiled a smartphone application that will let users take photographs of water waste and report the address to the Water Conservation Department.

The “Waste No Water” app, available for both iPhone and Android devices, will use GPS to automatically report the location to the city, which will respond by sending crews to resolve the problem.

“One of the key tools we have in preventing water waste is the public,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “When we work together as a community, there’s nothing that San Diego can’t do. Using this app, the power to conserve water is literally in your hands.”

On Wednesday, the City Council’s Environment Committee advanced a proposal to make the current voluntary water conservation measures mandatory. The full City Council is expected to approve the idea by the end of the month, and Faulconer supports the move.

In addition to reporting violations of the restrictions, the app will allow users to check the status of their complaint; request a free water survey of their residence or business; connect with the city’s “Waste No Water” campaign social media accounts; and access online information on the restrictions, rebate programs and other helpful resources.

The service can be downloaded by going to the phone’s app store and searching for “Waste No Water.”

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