September 17, 2018
Deadline Nears for Fall Citizens Water Academy Applications

Apply before Thursday, Sept. 20 for an opportunity to be a part of the next Citizens Water Academy class. Participants go behind the scenes and learn about the importance of a safe and reliable water supply to the San Diego region’s economy and quality of life. 

Applicants will be selected through a competitive process.

The fall 2018 classes are:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Chula Vista)
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Chula Vista)
  • Friday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Escondido)

Pipeline Relining Project Under Way in Fallbrook

Improving the reliability of the water delivery system is the central goal of the Water Authority’s Pipeline 5 Relining Project. The project involves rehabilitating approximately 2.3 miles of pipeline in eight segments along a 9.5-mile stretch of pipeline through the community of Fallbrook.

The $25.3 million project starts this month and concludes in summer 2019. It is part of the Water Authority's multi-decade program to rehabilitate prestressed concrete cylinder pipeline (PCCP) with steel liners. The liners extend the pipeline's service life and ensure continued system reliability. When this project is complete, the Water Authority will have rehabilitated approximately 47 miles of PCCP. The agency is more than halfway to its goal of relining all 82 miles off PCCP in its system.

2019 MWD Tour Dates Announced

A new season of tours hosted by the Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District is under way. Each year, the Water Authority's four delegates to MWD host tours that give community leaders a first-hand look at the water delivery systems that feed Southern California by visiting numerous sites and facilities across the state.

Tour participants learn about current and historical water issues affecting the San Diego region from both statewide and local perspectives.

Upcoming tours:

  • January 18-19: Colorado River Aqueduct System
  • March 16-17: State Water Project/Bay Delta
  • April 12-13: Colorado River Aqueduct System
  • June 7-8: Hoover Dam & Colorado River Aqueduct System

Transportation, lodging and meals are provided by MWD. Space is limited and applicants are not guaranteed a spot. To receive notice about upcoming tours, email .

Brought to You by Water: Avocados

As one of the nation's top producers of avocados, San Diego County's farms produce nearly $2 billion annually in sales and help power the economy. The region's temperate climate and reliable water supplies support an astounding 5,500 local farms on more than 250,000 cultivated acres.

Did You See?

On September 7, The Coast News published a column by Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir that highlights the agency's biggest accomplishments during his two-year term as chair.

"Being able to assure residents and businesses that we had sufficient supplies to sustain our economy and quality of life was the biggest accomplishment of my two-year term as chair, which comes to an end on Sept. 30," Muir said.