August 22, 2017
New Relining Project to Begin in La Mesa and Spring Valley  
In late September, the Water Authority will begin rehabilitating more than four miles of a large-diameter pipeline between Lake Murray and Sweetwater Reservoir. The $28.6 million project, which traverses Baltimore Drive and Spring Street in La Mesa, as well as unincorporated portions of Spring Valley, is part of the Water Authority's multi-decade program to rehabilitate 82 miles of prestressed concrete cylinder pipeline in its conveyance system.
The Water Authority began communicating with stakeholders along the pipeline alignment about the project last December. Outreach efforts will ramp up in the coming weeks as the contractor prepares more than 17 work areas along the project route. Open houses will be held Sept. 7 and 14 for stakeholders near Lake Murray and Baltimore Drive to meet project staff and learn more about the project. Water Authority staff will also host a project information table at the La Mesa Car Show Aug 31,  La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast Sept. 27, and at the La Mesa Farmer's Market Sept. 29. Stop by to learn more about the project and potential traffic impacts. 
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Back to School with the Water Authority

As students head back to class for the fall, the Water Authority is once again providing educational resources that explain critical concepts such as the water cycle and how to make the most of our water supplies.

For more than 30 years, education programs offered by the Water Authority have been popular with schools throughout the county because they are engaging and they help teachers meet instructional requirements. Many of the programs are free.

Programs include:

  • Theatrical assemblies for elementary schools
  • Splash Science Mobile Lab (through the County Office of Education)
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center water exhibit
  • Annual Science Fair awards
  • Posters about the water cycle and where our water comes from. (Grant funding by the Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable Trust allows the Water Authority to provide the posters and workbooks to teachers free of charge.)       
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Did You See?

The Coast News Group published a commentary by Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir about a potential project that expands opportunities for renewable energy and could lessen the pressure on water rates.

"At the simplest level, the project would work like this: When regional energy supply exceeds demand, water would be pumped uphill from San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside to a new smaller reservoir, creating a bank of stored hydroelectric energy for later use," said Muir. "When regional energy demand and electricity prices rise, the stored water would be released to San Vicente by gravity, turning turbines and generating power."

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Last Chance to Apply for the Fall 2017 Citizens Water Academy

The Water Authority is accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Citizens Water Academy through Sept. 5. The award-winning program is open to new and emerging leaders in the San Diego region who want to learn about critical projects and programs related to water.

For the first time, the Water Authority will hold all sessions for its fall 2017 academy in North County. The dates for the fall class are:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10: 1 - 4:30 p.m. in Vista
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18: 1 - 4:30 p.m. in Vista
  • Friday, Oct. 27: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Escondido
Click here to learn more and apply.