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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