February 23, 2017
Desalination Plant Earns National Award for Technology
The Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant has won a national award recognizing its efficient and environmentally friendly technology.

The 2017 Membrane Facility of the Year award, announced at the Feb. 23 meeting of the Board of Directors, was presented to the project and accepted by the Water Authority on Feb. 15 at the Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition in Long Beach. The conference is held jointly by the American Membrane Technology Association and the American Water Works Association.

Landscaping Upgrades
Local landscape architect Steven Sherman has designed an exciting new sustainable landscape showcase at the Water Authority's headquarters in Kearny Mesa. The 2,900-square-foot project under construction features major components of the San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program, including rainwater detention, climate-appropriate plants, efficient irrigation and soil enhancements. Grants from SDG&E and the State Department of Water Resources funded the project.

The installation will incorporate 30 varieties of low-water plants, which complement the Water Authority's extensive existing WaterSmart landscape. Interpretive signs will be installed in coming weeks, making the landscape a valuable resource for residents looking for ideas to upgrade their own yards. The new installation is accessible to the public near the Water Authority's front entrance corridor at 4677 Overland Avenue.
Did you see?

The wet winter has delivered welcome relief for the Colorado River Basin after years of mostly dry conditions.

"The Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees the river basin's largest reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, could release enough water from the former to raise the elevation of the latter by 20 feet or more - providing a remarkable shot in the arm for a lake that has been declining steadily during a devastating drought that started in 2000," reported the Los Angeles Times.

Click here to read the full story.
Spring Plant Fairs this Saturday

San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs are scheduled this Saturday, Feb. 25, at The Home Depot locations at 4255 Genesee Ave. and 3555 Sports Arena Blvd. 

The plant fairs are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They feature great prices on specially selected WaterSmart plants, including lavender, bougainvillea, geranium and rosemary. Local retail water agency staff will be on hand to discuss programs programs and services that increase water-use efficiency.

Click here for details about plant fairs and to view the full schedule.