Five Year Business Plan FY 2020 Highlights
 
Padre Dam's Five Year Business Plan is a road map for the District, outlining projects, priorities and key focus areas over a five-year time period. The current Plan began in Fiscal Year 2018 and will continue through the end of Fiscal Year 2022. This plan creates structure and accountability for each of Padre Dam's departments while setting long-term goals. Progress of the Five Year Business Plan is recorded quarterly, and presented to the Padre Dam Board of Directors annually. 


View some of our FY 2020 highlights in the video above, or check out an infographic with highlights of the Five Year Business Plan Report for Fiscal Year 2020.
Free Rain Barrel Giveaway
Save water and money by collecting rainwater- an alternative way to use water resourcefully. Padre Dam water customers are eligible to order a free rain barrel and get it delivered right to your door. 

Rain barrels collect rain from your roof to be stored for use in your garden, outdoor landscape or indoor plants. 
Using this water instead of drinking water can help reduce your household water usage.

Rain barrels can be ordered before October 27 at 5:00 pm, or while limited supplies last. Barrels will be delivered to participant's homes between October 30 and November 1.

Recipients will be required to submit a photo of their properly installed rain barrel within 30 days of receipt. 

To view eligibility requirements, view rain barrel model options and order your rain barrel, visit www.PadreDam.org/Rainbarrel

Water-Efficient Landscape Classes and Rebate
Turf Replacement Rebate
Thinking of changing up your landscaping? If your yard currently has grass that you are considering replacing, you should apply for Metropolitan Water District's Turf Replacement Program. This program helps homeowners who are switching from grass to water-efficient landscaping. For a limited time, based on funding availability, the rebate has increased to provide up to $3 per square foot for turf replaced by customers in the San Diego County area. 

Water Efficient Landscape Classes - Now Virtual!
Have you been considering creating a water efficient landscape for your home? The San Diego County Water Authority's Landscape workshops are a great place to start. These free, three-hour classes will give you the skills and knowledge to create a yard that is is drought-tolerant and environmentally friendly. Each workshop focuses on specific landscape topics with a "do-it-yourself" approach. 

Workshop topics include irrigation, installation and maintenance, understanding soil and site assessment, designing  your space and choosing your plants. Choose topics that interest you or sign-up for the entire series. Find out more about individual classes and register here. 

 
Over 65% of customers have signed up for Aquahawk, our free online program available to customers that allows you to monitor your water usage and view estimated billing amounts. Through the portal, you will get the chance to set water use goals and receive notifications via phone, email or text if you exceed your preset thresholds. Aquahawk will notify you of potential leaks, to help you avoid wasting water. To opt-in to this free program, all you need is your name, phone number, email address and 14-digit water account number. Find out more and sign-up here
Padre Profile: Jocker Alejandro
Padre Dam owns and maintains over 380 acres of land in order to house vital infrastructure like pipes, reservoirs and pump stations. This infrastructure and the land around it must be accessible in order to perform maintenance and repairs. The person responsible for managing property rights and access to District land is Jocker Alejandro, Padre Dam's Right of Way Agent.

The majority of Padre Dam's pipes run under public roads, which are available for District access. Some mains, however, must run under private property or property owned by another utility. In these cases, the District has an easement, which is the right to access the land for a specific purpose such as installing and maintaining a water main.

Jocker maintains extensive records detailing the size, location and other attributes of District-owned land and over 1,750 easements. This information is vital for the District's Operations staff, who needs to know what areas they can use to stage equipment and perform work. He also reviews plans for new building developments in order to ensure that they set aside enough easement space for the District to access pipes and infrastructure now and in the future.

"It benefits the whole community for us to have access to our pipes and facilities," said Jocker. "It's the only way to ensure that we can continue to provide safe and reliable services."

Jocker also works closely with District Engineers to coordinate access to land that is needed for new infrastructure, such as a new pump station or reservoir. Jocker is then responsible for researching potential locations and purchasing the land or acquiring an easement. This entails reviewing existing District property and working with property owners.

"Nothing new can be built if we don't have the land," said Jocker. "At the end of the project, it's such a great feeling to think, 'Wow, I contributed to this project that will provide a great public benefit.' It gives me a sense of satisfaction, like I did my part."

One of Jocker's favorite parts of his job is working with property owners involving District land or easements who reach out with questions. Jocker enjoys helping these customers find information and the answers they need. He also enjoys the variety of work he has the opportunity to perform at the District as the only Right of Way Agent.

When he's not working, Jocker enjoys doing photography and taking photos of San Diego. He also enjoys hip-hop and modern dance and performs regularly through the Mesa College dance program and a private studio. In order to stay safe during social distancing, he is currently getting his exercise by exploring the trails of San Diego with his newly adopted dog.