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San Diego uses drinking water to fill lake for children’s fishing

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POSTED May 8, 2015 9:21 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The City of San Diego has confirmed that despite the drought, they are pumping millions of gallons of drinking water into Chollas Lake for recreational fishing.

A city parks and recreation spokesman confirmed on Thursday that the city continues to use drinking water to maintain the fishing spot.

In 2008, the city was pumping about 53 million gallons of water into the lake annually. Officials declined to provide updated details, such as how much the water amounts to now.

Chollas Lake, a 16-acre basin in southeastern San Diego, isn’t a reservoir used to store drinking water, like some other large lakes in the city. Its only purpose is recreation. It is reserved for fishing for children 15 and under.

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