October 18, 2017
Water Authority Studies Options for Colorado River Water Deliveries

The Water Authority's Board of Directors is faced with a major decision by the end of 2017 about the future of a long-term deal for water from the Colorado River. The central question is whether to maintain a 45-year Water Transfer Agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District that is scheduled to provide river water for San Diego County through 2047, or to end it 10 years earlier.

Many factors are at play -- the cost of transporting San Diego's water using the Colorado River Aqueduct operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the cost of buying other water supplies from MWD, and the future of a strategy that has successfully increased local water supply reliability and reduced regional dependence on MWD by more than half since 1991.

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Brought to You by Water

The Water Authority is celebrating the start of the 2017 "water year" in October by recognizing how water benefits our quality of life. Everything we do in San Diego County depends on safe, reliable water supplies from the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies. Visit the Water Authority's page on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see some of the everyday things we count on or enjoy that water makes possible.

Discounted Rain Barrels Available

The Water Authority has partnered with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation to offer discounted rain barrels that are also eligible for a rebate. These discounted rain barrels are available for pickup at two convenient locations:
  • Solana Center for Environmental Innovation in Encinitas: Pickup available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or Saturdays between 8 a.m. and noon.
  • Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon: Residents must order their barrels by Oct. 29 and pick them up on Nov. 4 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Rain barrels also can be found at local home improvement stores and nurseries. Go to SoCal Water$mart's website for more information about rebates of up to $35 on residential rain barrels (up to 2 per home) and up to $350 for cisterns.   
Did You See?

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published an interview with local climate scientists about the changing rainfall patterns in California.

"We expect Southern California to experience an increase in the intensity of atmospheric rivers - their moisture content and precipitation production - not necessarily in their frequency. This will be very important for water resources," the scientists said.

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