July 12, 2017
American Society of Civil Engineers President Honors Water Authority's Emergency & Carryover Storage Project
This week the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, along with dozens of local water leaders and stakeholders, celebrated the Water Authority's Emergency & Carryover Storage Project winning ASCE's top international engineering award with a plaque presentation ceremony at Olivenhain Dam near Escondido.

ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei presented the plaque for winning ASCE's 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award to the Water Authority's leadership, including Board Chair Mark Muir and General Manager Maureen Stapleton. Mattei saluted the Water Authority and its member agencies for having the foresight and dedication to build the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, a $1.5 billion system of dams, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines and tunnels, to help protect the region's 3.3 million people and $222 billion economy from extended dry periods or emergencies that could disrupt imported water deliveries.

Water Authority-SDG&E Partnership Provides Efficiency Makeover for Balboa Park Attractions
The Water Authority and SDG&E are collaborating with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership to retrofit restrooms at nine historic Balboa Park buildings that are home to 13 cultural institutions. Beginning in June, crews installed low-flow or zero-flow urinals, premium high-efficiency toilets or flush valves, and/or aerators and flow control valves at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Automotive Museum, Timken Museum of Art, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego Art Institute, Casa del Prado and Casa de Balboa.

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership anticipates the retrofits will be completed by the end of July. Overall, this $172,000 effort (of which the Water Authority contributed $50,000 to help purchase the water-efficient plumbing fixtures) is expected to save 2.4 million gallons of water a year. In addition to funds provided by SDG&E and Water Authority, the Partnership also took advantage of SoCal Water$mart rebates.

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ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei presents plaque to Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir and General Manager Maureen Stapleton.
Did you See?

The Times of San Diego quoted Norma Jean Mattei, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, in a story about the Water Authority receiving the world's top civil engineering award for the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project.

"The Water Authority planned for the future, making an investment that ensures the public's health, safety and welfare in case of disaster," Mattei said.

Click here to read the full story.