December 15, 2016
Desal Plant Marks Historic First Year
In its first year of operations, the nation's largest and most technologically advanced seawater desalination plant produced enough high-quality, drought-proof water from the Pacific Ocean to meet approximately 10 percent of the region's demand. The Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant quickly generated significant benefits by relieving pressure on imported water supplies, reducing state mandates for emergency conservation measures in March and helping the region pass the state's stringent water supply "stress test" in June.

The facility garnered local and international accolades. It was honored in April 2016 with a Global Water Award as the Desalination Plant of the Year by Global Water Intelligence for "the most impressive technical or ecologically sustainable achievement in the industry." In June, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association recognized the desalination project with its highest honor - the Grand Golden Watchdog - for "stretching taxpayer dollars through cooperation between the public and private sectors."

During its first year, the Carlsbad plant produced nearly 15 billion gallons of fresh water for the San Diego region during one of the most severe droughts in state history. "This plant is a game-changer for San Diego County," said Mark Muir, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority's Board of Directors. "It's gratifying that this visionary investment our region's ratepayers strongly supported is paying dividends now, and we expect it to continue to do so for decades to come."

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State's Long-Term Water-Use Rules Raise Concerns
As directed by Gov. Jerry Brown, state agencies have released a draft framework to regulate long-term water use across California. The Water Authority appreciates the state's efforts to minimize water waste and increase water-use efficiency. However, there could be unintended consequences of the state continuing to reduce long-term urban water-use targets and undermining local control to balance water supplies and demand.

The Water Authority also has specific concerns about the draft framework's proposed residential water-use targets and performance measures for commercial, industrial and institutional customers. The Water Authority is working with water agencies statewide to encourage an approach that balances supplies and demands, and accounts for the unique needs of businesses and institutions to avoid unintentionally damaging the economy.

The deadline for public input is December 19. The Water Authority has submitted comments, and it encourages commercial, industrial and institutional water users to assess the potential impacts of the draft framework and submit their own comments at  

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$75 Rebates on Rain Barrels through December
Rain is in the forecast this week, a reminder of the benefits that rain barrels offer this time of year.

Take advantage of future rainstorms by ordering rain barrels now. Through the end of December, residents can purchase 50-gallon rain barrels and receive $75 rebates per barrel (limit two).
Open House: Pipeline Relining Project in La Mesa, Spring Valley
The Water Authority is holding an open house Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Spring Valley to discuss an upcoming pipeline relining project in the area. Pipeline relining projects are an important part of the Water Authority's ongoing effort to extend the life of regional water infrastructure and continue to ensure safe and reliable water deliveries. Tonight's event is in the Community Room of the Spring Valley Library, 836 Kempton St.
Did you see?

A commentary by Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir was published by Water Deeply to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. "The plant is a core supply for decades regardless of the weather," Muir wrote. "Every drop it produces is a drop that we don't need to import from sources impacted by long-term drought."

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