March 21, 2017
Emergency & Carryover Storage Project Wins Prestigious International Award for Engineering Achievement
The Water Authority's $1.5 billion Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, built to protect the region from droughts and catastrophic disruptions to imported water supplies, has won one of the engineering industry's most prestigious global awards - the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The association announced the awards March 16 at its 2017 Outstanding Projects and Leaders awards event in Arlington, Va.  Other finalists for the award included: One World Trade Center in New York City; Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 in Mumbai, India; Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven, Conn.; and the Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Project in Dallas, Texas.

Click here for more information about the award and the E&CSP.
Water Authority Executes First Local Water Transfer from Lake Hodges
As another storm approaches the region, the Water Authority and its member agencies for the first time have taken advantage of wet winter conditions to pump captured local runoff out of Lake Hodges and store it elsewhere for future use.

The Water Authority, at the request of the City of San Diego, has moved approximately 7,500 acre-feet of water (enough to meet the annual needs of 15,000 single-family households) from Lake Hodges to the Olivenhain Reservoir.  The Water Authority is now transferring that water to bolster the city's supplies in the city-owned San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside.

Lake Hodges, which had been filled to within four feet of capacity several weeks ago because of previous storms, now has more than 8,000 acre-feet of room to capture additional runoff from this week's rainfall and from future storm events this spring. (Lake Hodges is owned by the City of San Diego, and both the city and the Water Authority have storage rights in the reservoir.)

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San Diego Garden Makes Top 10 List
The San Diego Botanic Garden was one of the recipients of the 2017 "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For" Garden Tourism Award on March 14. The award is given by the Canadian Garden Council and the American Public Gardens Association.

The award is presented to gardens that have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. Gardens in Mexico, Pennsylvania, British Columbia and Nova Scotia were also honored. Click here to view the full list.

Click here to visit the San Diego Botanic Garden website.
Did you see?

Fox 5 San Diego published an article about the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies partnering with the local chapter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association to tackle water waste from household leaks and save people money during national Fix a Leak Week. The partnership provides discounts on leak detection and repair services ordered throughout the week.

Through March 26, "participating plumbers will offer 10 percent discounts on products and services needed to fix leaks, up to $100," the article states.

Click here for details about Fix a Leak Week.
Welcome Spring with Discounted Plants

There are four Garden Friendly Plant Fairs left in the spring season. Join us at The Home Depot locations listed below for discounts on select water-efficient plants from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • March 25 - 725 Plaza Ct., Chula Vista
  • March 25 - 1001 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas
  • April 15 - 550 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos
  • April 22 - 5755 Mission Ave., Oceanside
Click here for more information.