October 3, 2017
Reliable Supplies and Continued Water-Use Efficiency Make San Diego Region Well-Prepared for Water Year 2018

Thanks to a decades-long supply diversification strategy and continued efficient use of water, the Water Authority announced Sept. 29 that the region is in a strong position to meet water demands in water year 2018, which began Oct. 1.

In the San Diego region, water users will benefit from the ongoing operations of the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, as well as higher storage levels in many local reservoirs. At the end of August 2017, member agency local storage was up 95,000 acre-feet, or 18 percent, compared to the same time in 2016. Meanwhile the Water Authority had approximately 152,000 acre-feet available in emergency and carryover storage.

The region also is using water nearly as efficiently as it did during the recent drought. Cumulative potable water use in the region between June 2015 and August 2017 was 20 percent lower than the 2013 baseline established by the State Water Resources Control Board. Water use from June through August of this year was flat compared to 2016, remaining 18 percent below 2013 levels.

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Sustainable Landscape Practices on Display at Water Authority's New Demonstration Garden

The Water Authority on Sept. 28 unveiled a new demonstration garden at its Kearny Mesa headquarters designed to show visitors how they can increase water efficiency and boost the environmental benefits of outdoor spaces through sustainable landscaping practices.

The approximately 3,000-square-foot garden provides a tangible example of the recommendations of the San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program, or SLP. The SLP is a public-private partnership among the Water Authority, City of San Diego, County of San Diego, Association of Compost Producers, Surfrider Foundation, and California American Water.

In addition to employing well-known water-efficient practices such as using climate-appropriate plants and high-efficiency irrigation, the new Sustainable Landscaping Demonstration Garden has features designed to further enhance water efficiency and achieve additional environmental benefits such as reduced stormwater runoff. These features include the application of organic soil amendments and the use of rainwater capture elements.

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Water Authority Launches Online Educational Resources to Support Potable Reuse

A new website and two animated videos released this week by the Water Authority underscore the agency's commitment to promote greater awareness and acceptance of potable water reuse as the region's next major source of safe and reliable water supplies.

Using treatment processes similar to seawater desalination, several local water agencies are developing or considering potable reuse projects that rely on multiple technologies to turn wastewater into safe and reliable drinking water that meets all state and federal quality standards. The City of San Diego's Pure Water San Diego project and the East County Advanced Water Purification Program - a collaborative project of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, County of San Diego, Helix Water District, and City of El Cajon - are moving toward implementation. Similar projects are being considered or planned in other locations around the county. By 2035, the Water Authority expects that approximately 16 percent of the region's drinking water will be produced through potable reuse.

The educational resources complement the Water Authority's efforts to support local advances in water purification technology and promote the adoption of science-based regulations for potable water reuse statewide.

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Coupon Offered at Fall Garden-Friendly Plant Fairs

Visit the Water Authority's booth at San Diego County Garden-Friendly Plant Fairs this fall and receive a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" coupon for mulch. The coupon is only available at the plant fairs. The fairs will feature discounted water-efficient plants, and gardening experts will be available to answer questions.

The plant fairs will be at The Home Depot locations below from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Oct. 7 at 12185 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego
  • Oct. 14 at 1001 North El Camino Real, Encinitas
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Did You See?

The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article about a Mission Hills woman who transformed her front yard into a water-efficient landscape.

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The makeover really got started when a neighbor brought her a newspaper clipping about the four-class WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series offered by the San Diego County Water Authority, " the article states.   
 
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