January 24, 2017
Applications for Next Citizens Water Academy Due Feb. 9
The Water Authority is accepting applications for its award-winning Citizens Water Academy that provides emerging civic leaders with an inside look into the Water Authority's efforts to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the San Diego region. 
Academy participants learn how the Water Authority helps protect the region's economy and quality of life through its water supply diversification strategy. The academy also covers facilities operations and maintenance, long-term planning, and water-use efficiency. Participants interact with Water Authority executives and tour world-class water facilities.

The deadline to apply for the next Citizens Water Academy is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The session dates for the spring sessions are:
  • Session 1: Thursday, March 2; 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: Wednesday, March 8; 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: Saturday, March 18; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (includes tours)
For more information, to apply or nominate someone for the academy, or view photos of past classes, go to www.sdcwa.org/citizens-water-academy.
Water Authority Marks 25th Anniversary of Cutting-Edge Asset Management Program
Crews from the Water Authority on Friday finished inspecting a five-mile segment of pipeline using a pioneering technology that advances the agency's legacy of innovative and money-saving initiatives to protect the region's water infrastructure.

The project marked the 25th anniversary of the Water Authority's Asset Management Program, which has saved water ratepayers more than $200 million by prioritizing repairs, avoiding unnecessary work and maximizing the service life of the region's large-diameter pipeline system.

Over the past three decades, the Water Authority has been an early adopter of sophisticated technologies such as Remote Field Eddy Current in 1999 and Acoustic Fiber Optic real-time monitoring in 2006. In 2011, the Water Authority was among the first water agencies in the nation to deploy Magnetic Flux Leakage for assessing water pipelines, borrowing the technology from the oil industry.

Credit: KPBS
Did you see?

KPBS published an article on Jan. 23 about California water managers calling for emergency drought rules to end.

"It's clear here in San Diego County that we are not in a drought emergency. We have adequate supplies to meet demand this year and actually for the next three years if it's dry," said Dana Friehauf, the water authority's water resources manager.
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Live WaterSmart with a Free Home Water-Use Checkup

Homeowners can request a no-obligation assessment to identify water-saving measures. WaterSmart Checkups include free, site-specific recommendations from certified professionals. Single-family home checkups include indoor and outdoor assessments.

Click here for more information and to schedule a free WaterSmart checkup.