September 4, 2018
Regulations Will Target Long-Term Water Use Statewide

State officials are developing new water-use regulations for retail water agencies in response to legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in May 2018. Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668 were intended to help California better prepare for and respond to droughts and climate change by directing state agencies to adopt new water efficiency rules.

The laws will require the establishment of long-term water-use objectives for retail water agencies, along with water-saving performance measures for businesses.

Based on decades of successful water-use efficiency efforts, the Water Authority and its member agencies are working with state officials to ensure the implementation of regulations that are both equitable and reasonably reflect local conditions.

Deadline to Apply for the Citizens Water Academy is Sept. 20

Want to make an impact in your community? Just add water! Apply for the Water Authority's Citizens Water Academy today and be inspired to take your leadership to the next level.

Participants will get to go behind the scenes and learn about the importance of a safe and reliable supply to the San Diego region’s economy and quality of life. The application deadline is Sept. 20. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 14. All applications received will go through a competitive selection process before participants are selected for the class.

The fall 2018 class dates and locations are:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Chula Vista)
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Chula Vista)
  • Friday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Escondido)

Sustainable Landscapes Take Root in San Diego County

More than 225 San Diego County homeowners have transformed their landscapes into beautiful, climate-appropriate mini-watersheds through the Sustainable Landscapes Incentive Program developed by the San Diego County Water Authority and its partners.

Since the program launched in October 2016, more than 354,000 square feet of turf has been removed and replaced with sustainable landscaping. The program has since been merged with the regional Landscape Transformation Program. To learn more or to participate, go to SoCalWaterSmart.com .

“People are putting much more thought and care into their landscapes,” said Jana Vierola, a water resources specialist for the Water Authority. “It’s not just gravel and two plants. People are creating sustainable designs for much more of a long-term commitment.”

Free Landscape Design Workshops Offered in North County

Residents living in North County have several opportunities to attend an upcoming Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop.

The free, three-hour workshops are designed to teach homeowners the basics of landscape makeovers. Topics include soil, design, turf removal, plant selection, planning, irrigation, rainwater catchment and implementation. Registration is required.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fallbrook
  • Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in Oceanside
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vista

Brought to You by Water: Beer

Touted as the Craft Beer Capital of America, San Diego is home to more than 150 brew houses and some 4,500 employees in the industry. As one of San Diego’s fastest growing business sectors, the $870 million a year brewing industry wouldn’t be possible without safe and reliable water.

Did You See?

On September 2, the San Diego Business Journal published an Op-Ed about the value of the Water Authority's water investments and their benefit to the San Diego region's $220 billion economy and quality of life. 

“Over the past two decades, the Water Authority has invested more than $2.4 billion into projects that drive our region’s economy and protect our access to clean water for generations to come," the Op-Ed stated. "These direct investments have resulted in a total economic impact of $4.8 billion and support nearly 1,500 jobs annually."

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