December 11, 2018
Annual Report Highlights Agency's Accomplishments

The Water Authority released its 2018 Annual Report highlighting the agency's accomplishments, during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. While the San Diego region surged ahead in 2018, behind the scenes the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies continued providing the safe and reliable water supplies necessary to sustain 3.3 million people and a $220 billion economy each and every day regardless of the weather conditions or other challenges.

From maintaining and upgrading regional water infrastructure to taking a fresh approach to outreach and education, 2018 proved to be another year for innovative thinking and bring ideas. Learn more about the Water Authority's projects by exploring numerous behind-the-scenes photos, videos and charts in a new, interactive online report.

Airport Ads Remind Travelers San Diego is Brought to You by Water

The Water Authority’s Brought to You by Water outreach and education program made its debut on advertising monitors at Lindbergh Field the day before Thanksgiving – just in time for the busy holiday travel season.

Through the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s community promotion program, the ads are expected to remain in the rotation indefinitely, reminding travelers about the importance of water reliability to the region’s quality of life.

Quick Solution Keeps Pipeline Repairs on Track

When Water Authority crews began dewatering part of the region’s pipeline system for a 10-day shutdown in mid-November, they discovered a leaking valve that threatened to disrupt the time-sensitive operation in Bonsall and Fallbrook.

At issue was a six-foot diameter valve in the Second Aqueduct that was designed to isolate a section of pipeline so workers could safely make repairs inside a dry section of the massive pipe. Instead, the valve was seeping water, which made it impossible to start the welding work slated for the relining project.

The leaking valve was installed in 1980 and is at the end of its useful service life. While valve failure wasn’t an immediate threat, staff had to find a quick solution to avoid delays that could have impacted water deliveries to customers.

Did You See?

On Dec. 10, the Water News Network published a story about late-fall storms bringing much needed rain to San Diego County. Since the beginning of the water year on Oct. 1, the San Diego International Airport has received 3.98 inches of rain. The average rainfall for this time of year is about 1.80 inches, the article stated.

Happy Holidays

Thank you for reading WaterSource in 2018. From everyone at the Water Authority, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season . The next edition of WaterSource will be out in 2019. In the meantime, get your daily dose of water news and information by following us on social media and at .