June 13, 2017
Learn About California's New Water-Use Regulatory Framework

The San Diego Conservation Action Committee is hosting a forum on June 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. about the state's new long-term water-use efficiency framework and proposed implementation schedule.

Peter Brostrom from California's Department of Water Resources will present about the framework, and Dana Friehauf from the Water Authority will discuss related legislation and opportunities for involvement. The event will take place at SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

Click here for more details and to register. 
Water Authority Honors WaterSmart Garden at San Diego County Fair
The Water Authority presented the WaterSmart Landscape Award to the San Diego Horticultural Society on May 31 at the San Diego County Fair.

Garden Show exhibits at the fair were evaluated on design, plant selection, maintenance and irrigation. The Horticultural Society's exhibit best exemplified a water-efficient outdoor space while embracing San Diego's lifestyle through the use of native plants and sustainable landscaping practices. 
First Grand Prize Winner Candace Chu with Water Authority Assistant General Manager Dennis Cushman.
Chula Vista, San Diego Residents Win Top Prizes in Live WaterSmart Photo Contest

The Water Authority on June 8 announced the winners of its first photo contest hosted on Instagram. The Water Authority held the Live WaterSmart Photo Contest in May to celebrate Water Awareness Month and encouraged residents to submit photos and captions that explain what water means to them.
More than 80 photos were submitted, and the top four submissions won prizes donated by contest sponsors -- Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, SeaWorld San Diego, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and The Cravory.
The first grand prize winner, Candace Chu of San Diego, received the most "likes" on her photo taken at Cabrillo National Monument.
A judging panel selected additional winners based on originality, composition and connection to the contest theme. Genevieve Fong of Chula Vista was selected as the second grand prize winner. Sandra Carlson of San Diego and Abby Wattierrez of Encinitas were selected as the two runners-up.  
To see all the photos from the Live WaterSmart photo contest, follow the Water Authority on Instagram ( @sdcwa).
Did you See?

The Sacramento Bee published an opinion article by Ellen Hanak, director of the Public Policy Institute of California's Water Policy Center, and David Mitchell, co-founder and principal at M.Cubed, about the state's unprecedented water-use reduction mandate during the 2012-2016 drought.

"It didn't reflect how well prepared most urban suppliers were, or their willingness to further reduce water use when needed," the article said. "It generated discord, and it muddied state and local roles and responsibilities."

Click here to read more.