August 20, 2018
Water Authority Board Conditionally Supports WaterFix Project in Bay-Delta

At a special meeting on Aug. 9, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors unanimously gave conditional support to current plans for California WaterFix, the state’s $17 billion proposal to address water supply constraints in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

The Board made its backing contingent on a project financing plan that treats San Diego County ratepayers fairly through the proper allocation of project costs by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the sole source of Bay-Delta water for the San Diego region.

The updated policy principles adopted by the Board also promote independent oversight of project finances and construction progress, along with continued state ownership and operation of the State Water Project, including WaterFix facilities.

Apply Now for the Fall 2018 Citizens Water Academy Class

For the first time, the Water Authority's award-winning Citizens Water Academy will be held in South County. The Water Academy is open to future and emerging leaders in the San Diego region who want to learn about critical projects and programs related to water.

The application deadline is Sept. 20. Nominations are also being accepted through Sept. 14.

The Fall 2018 class dates and locations are:

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

Efficiencies Lower Long-Term Water Demand Forecast for San Diego Region

Updated water-use projections for the San Diego region through 2040 are substantially lower than earlier forecasts due to efficiencies that have become standard practice at homes and businesses countywide.

That’s good news because it signals the potential for lower spending on water supply development and delivery in coming decades compared to previous forecasts.

The revised demand forecast by the San Diego County Water Authority also highlights how the region continues to align with state mandates for water-use efficiency even after nearly three decades of significant savings. Per capita potable water use in the Water Authority’s service area declined nearly 50 percent between fiscal years 1990 and 2017.

Brought to You by Water: Flowers

Ismael "Mel" Resendiz, owner of Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, explains how safe and reliable water supplies allow him to pursue his dreams as one of the largest protea growers in California.

Did You See?

ACWA News, a publication of the Association of California Water Agencies, featured the San Diego County Water Authority's "Brought To You By Water" campaign in its August 17 issue. The story, "San Diego Region Celebrates Water Reliability," shares details about the successful partnership between the Water Authority and numerous business and community partners region to highlight the multi-billion dollar economic benefits of investments in safe and reliable water supplies for the San Diego region. 

"Water is fundamental to everything we do,” said Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir. “The Brought to You by Water program serves as a reminder that everything we love about San Diego County — including summer — is fueled by a safe a reliable water supply, and because of that we are committed to being good stewards of this precious resource."