April 2, 2018
Water Authority Board Endorses State Bond to Fund Natural Resource Upgrades

The Water Authority's Board of Directors on March 22 voted to endorse Proposition 68, a state bond measure that would fund projects important to the San Diego region and allocate more than $1 billion for water-related initiatives statewide.

If passed by California voters on June 5, the bond would provide $200 million to Salton Sea restoration activities and $12 million for the San Diego River Conservancy as part of a a $4 billion package to address natural resource issues across California.

“Robust Salton Sea funding in this bond measure is significant for San Diego County because it supports agreements that generate substantial water supplies for our region,” said Mark Muir, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. 

Water Authority Helps Launch National Leak-Detection Competition

As part of its pioneering approach to pipeline asset management, the Water Authority is co-sponsoring a nationwide contest to advance leak- and corrosion-detection technologies for large-diameter pipelines.

Leaks and corrosion are major problems across the country, resulting in billions of gallons of water wasted annually enough to fill more than three million Olympic-sized swimming pools along with disruptions in water service and costly repairs.

Enter to Win the WaterSmart Landscape Contest

There is still time to enter the WaterSmart Landscape Contest. The annual contest offers residents of participating water agencies across San Diego County a chance to win $250 gift certificates and regional recognition.

Judging criteria includes overall design and attractiveness, plant selection, maintenance and irrigation efficiency. Entries will only be considered from homes serviced by participating water agencies. The deadline to enter online or by mail is April 30.

Create a Water-Efficient Landscape This Spring

Learn how to convert high-water-use turf areas into beautiful, water-efficient landscapes by attending a WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop this spring.

Free, three-hour workshops 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, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vista
  • Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Ramona
  • Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Chula Vista

Did You See?

Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir wrote a letter published in The San Diego Union-Tribune on March 28. The letter was in response to an op-ed about the importance of water conservation in California.

"I couldn't agree more, which is why the Water Authority and its member agencies continue offering numerous water-saving resources for homes and businesses even though regional investments have generated sufficient supplies for the foreseeable future," Muir wrote.