December 11, 2017
Water Authority Secures Transfers of Conserved Colorado River Water Through 2047

The San Diego region will benefit from a historic water conservation-and-transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District at least through 2047 after the Water Authority's Board of Directors took action Dec. 7 to ensure deliveries of those supplies for an additional decade. 

The Board voted unanimously to extend an Exchange Agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California by 10 years, requiring MWD to continue transporting conserved IID water to San Diego County through 2047. This year, about 20 percent of the San Diego region's water is from the Water Authority's conservation-and-transfer agreement with IID, and the delivery volumes will continue to grow until 2021.

Contract Talks Launched for Potential 500MW San Vicente Energy Storage Facility

The Water Authority's Board of Directors on Dec. 7 authorized negotiations with Tenaska Inc.-Diamond Generating Corp. Joint Venture to assess the potential for developing a major energy storage facility at San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside.  The project would leverage existing water and energy infrastructure to reduce upward pressure on water rates while expanding the potential for renewable energy use across the region.

The Water Authority and its partner, the City of San Diego, are seeking to draft a Project Development Agreement by spring 2018 for consideration by their governing boards. In November, the agencies identified Tenaska-Diamond as the top choice among five groups of companies vying to develop an energy storage project based on its financial modeling, risk analysis, knowledge of the energy market, and revenue-sharing proposal.

Annual Report Highlights Agency's DNA: Pioneering. Visionary. Agile. Driven.

The Water Authority's newly released 2017 Annual Report highlights accomplishments and achievements during the fiscal year, and the agency's commitment to its core values -- pioneering, visionary, agile and driven. 

From strategic resource management to leadership and outreach, learn how the Water Authority works to provide a safe and reliable water supply for the 3.3 million residents in San Diego County. Explore numerous charts, behind-the-scenes photos and videos in an easy-to-navigate and interactive website. 

Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant Turns Two   

December 14 marks the second anniversary of operations at the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. It  is the nation's largest seawater desalination plant, producing approximately 50 million gallons of water per day -- enough to serve 400,000 people in San Diego County.

Earlier this year, the Water Authority won the 2017 Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for Excellence from the Association of California Water Agencies for innovation and excellence in water resources management with its addition of supplies from the Carlsbad facility.

Did You See?

The Coronado Times published an article on Nov. 25 about the City of Coronado advancing with a plan to generate non-potable water for its golf course, parks and other greenways.

Padre Dam Municipal Water District in Santee "has been recycling its wastewater for over 50 years," the article said.  "Just as Santee did those many years ago, Coronado is adopting a wastewater recycling system to reduce costs and to meet conservation demands imposed by the State of California during the last drought."

  Click here to read the full story.

Looking for something fun to do over the holidays? How about checking out the Water Authority's interactive water-themed exhibit at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park? 

WaterSource subscribers can enter to win two tickets to the Fleet Science Center (including an IMAX film).  The deadline to enter is Dec. 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Ten entries will be selected at random and winners will be notified by Dec. 18. 

Click here to ENTER TO WIN.
Happy Holidays; See You in 2018

From everyone at the Water Authority, thank you for reading WaterSource in 2017. We wish you happy holidays, and we look forward to bringing you the latest water news in the year ahead. 

Water Authority offices will be closed the week of Dec. 25 and reopen on Jan. 2. WaterSource will also take a break and resume normal publication on Jan. 8.