May 29, 2018
Regional Water News Network Takes Flight

The Water Authority has launched the Water News Network to deliver the latest news and information about water issues, policies and projects that affect the region’s most precious natural resource.

The website is designed to host a wide variety of content, including links to stories by media outlets. The site also includes original content produced by Water Authority staff and staff of the Water Authority's 24 member agencies, which collectively serve 3.3 million people. Focal areas for the new site include water use and conservation, efforts to develop and maintain regional water facilities, and water-related projects and programs that impact San Diego County.

Water News Network content is updated regularly, so bookmark the site and visit often to stay up to date on the latest water news. 

Water Authority Earns Regional Awards for Construction Projects

The regional chapter of the American Public Works Association conferred two Project of the Year awards on the Water Authority on May 24 for a pipeline upgrade in Scripps Ranch and a rebuilt pump station near Miramar Reservoir, both of which will help ensure reliable water deliveries across the San Diego region.

“We take great pride in developing and maintaining world-class water infrastructure to support our economy and quality of life, and these projects highlight our ability to do just that in a way that will benefit the region for decades,” said Mark Muir, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors.

Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshops in June

Thinking of remodeling your yard? Learn how to convert high-water-use turf areas to lush water-efficient landscapes by attending a free three-hour Design for Homeowners Workshop.

Topics include soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, rainwater catchment and implementation. Registration is required.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in El Cajon
  • Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rancho Peñasquitos

Did You See?

Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir wrote an op-ed published in Pomerado News on May 24 opposing Senate Bill 623, a proposed $135 million per year tax on drinking water in California. 

“Among the many problems with this strategy is that it sets a bad precedent. California currently does not tax water or essential food products," Muir wrote. "However, even before the first proposed water tax has been voted on, two additional water tax proposals have already emerged in Sacramento. Both of those taxes would drive up water bills by as much as $15 to $20 each month."