August 7, 2018
Water Authority Expands Water Efficiency Opportunities for Low-Income Homes

The San Diego County Water Authority is expanding a long-running partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to increase the availability of devices that save both water and energy for thousands of income-qualified residents across the region.

The Water Authority’s investment of $150,000 will supplement funding for water-saving devices, allowing SDG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program to serve more customers. Approximately 21,000 residents annually have participated in the program, receiving assistance for devices such as low-flow showerheads and efficient washing machines.

State Sen. Ben Hueso's Interest in Water Runs Deep

San Diego County is a leader in water conservation and management strategies that will become even more critical in coming years, state Sen. Ben Hueso (San Diego) said during an Aug. 1 Legislative Roundtable at the Water Authority’s headquarters.

“San Diego is really a model in the state,” Hueso told an audience of about 90 water agency representatives, business and civic leaders and other stakeholders from around the county who attended the morning event.

“San Diego leads the state in conservation. How we’re able to manage the system without an increase in the growth of consumption is just amazing," he said. "It’s just a testament to the great minds and people that we have managing our system, ensuring that we continue to have water … given the enormous challenges we have in providing for San Diego compared to other parts of the state.”

Water Authority to Start Pipeline Rehabilitation Project in North County

This fall, the Water Authority will rehabilitate sections of Pipelines 1 and 2 and upgrade related structures. Construction is expected to last approximately 18 months and includes work in Valley Center, Escondido and San Diego. 

The Water Authority is hosting an open house on Wednesday, August 22 at the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 720 North Broadway. Stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet the project team and staff, and learn more about the project. 

Education Programs Help Teachers Splash into the New School Year

As students head back to class for the fall, the Water Authority is once again providing educational resources that explain critical concepts such as the water cycle and how to make the most of our water supplies.

For more than 30 years, education programs offered by the Water Authority have been popular with schools throughout the county because they are engaging and help teachers meet instructional requirements. Many of the programs are free.

Brought to You by Water: Coffee

Laurie Britton, founder and CEO of Café Virtuoso in San Diego, explains why water is the most important ingredient in the coffee industry.

Did You See?

On August 2, the Valley Roadrunner published a column by Water Authority Board Chair Mark Muir about the new wholesale water rates adopted by the Board of Directors in June.

"The rate-setting process highlighted how the Water Authority’s independent water supplies from the Colorado River are now both less expensive and more reliable than supplies from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California," Muir wrote. "It’s an accomplishment that the region’s water officials started working toward two decades ago, and one that will bear fruit for decades to come."