February 4, 2019
February is Brewing Month in San Diego County

Recognizing the growing significance of the region’s craft beer and coffee roasting industries, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors has declared February to be Brewing Month in San Diego County.

As part of the monthlong promotion, Cafe Moto – one of the oldest and largest local coffee roasters – developed Authority 1944 Blend, which celebrates the Water Authority’s formation 75 years ago. Cafe Moto and the Water Authority are providing coffee service at approximately 30 meetings of local civic and business leaders during February to spark conversations about the value of safe and reliable water supplies for San Diego County’s economy and quality of life.

Additionally, as part of Brewing Month, the Water Authority is spotlighting the San Diego Brewers Guild and its more than 130 brewery members.

Photo Contest Celebrates Brewing Month with Great Prizes

Join the fun during Brewing Month by entering the Brewing Month Photo Contest on Instagram or Twitter (@sdcwa) from February 1-28, 2019. Prizes include bags of Authority 1944 Blend and items donated by the region's craft brewing industry.

How to enter:
  • Take a photo of your favorite local brew - coffee or beer
  • Post it on Instagram or Twitter using #B2UbyH2O

Winners will be drawn randomly each week from posts that meet contest rules.

Apply to the Citizens Water Academy Before the Feb. 11 Deadline

The award-winning Citizens Water Academy is an opportunity for future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region to learn about critical projects and programs related to water.

The deadline to apply for the Water Academy Spring 2019 class is Monday, Feb. 11. Participating in the Water Academy is the first step toward understanding the importance of a safe and reliable water supply to the San Diego region's quality of life and economy.

The spring 2019 class dates and locations are: 

  • Session 1: Thursday, March 7 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Balboa Park)
  • Session 2: Wednesday, March 13 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Kearny Mesa)
  • Session 3: Saturday, March 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Escondido)

Rain Barrel Distribution Events Set for North County

Take advantage of wet winter weather by purchasing and installing a rain barrel or two. Collecting rain water is a great way to reduce potable water use and prevent stormwater runoff. Each rain barrel can capture 50 gallons.

Order a rain barrel by Feb. 10 and choose from two pickup locations -- Escondido and Encinitas. Rain barrel rebates are available at SoCalWaterSmart.com (limit two rebates per household).

Did You See?

On Jan. 30, The Times of San Diego published an article about the Water Authority saving nearly $18 million in debt payments by refinancing bonds the agency used to construct part of the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant.

“Not only does the desalination project continue to provide the San Diego region with reliable, high-quality water supplies, but our strong public- private partnership with Poseidon Water is paying off for ratepayers,” said Water Authority Board Chair Jim Madaffer.