October 15, 2018
Water Supplies Sufficient for 2019 Demands Despite Hot, Dry Weather

At the start of the 2019 water year, the combination of diversified water supplies and water-use efficiency means the San Diego region has enough water for 2019 and the foreseeable future despite historically low rainfall over the past 12 months.

“It has been very hot and dry, but we have invested wisely in infrastructure and regional water-use remains well below where it was at the start of the last drought,” said Jeff Stephenson, a principal water resources specialist with the Water Authority. “In fact, potable water use over the past three-plus years was 17 percent below 2013, which shows that San Diego continues to live WaterSmart.”

Water Authority Wins 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award

On Oct. 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the San Diego County Water Authority with a 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award for advancing water efficiency through its Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program. The Water Authority received one of 21 WaterSense awards presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas.

As one of the first QWEL providers in Southern California, the Water Authority helped to greatly expand the program's branded reach and educational outcomes. Since the local launch of QWEL in January 2016, more than 750 San Diego landscape professionals have participated, making the region’s program one of the largest in the nation. 

Woods & Sons Honored for 60 Years of Enhancing Region's Aqueducts

After 60 years of work to upgrade the regional aqueduct system, Vista-based L.H. Woods & Sons, Inc., was honored by the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors upon completion of the company’s final project for the agency.

On Sept. 27, the Board formally marked the successful conclusion of the $28.6 million Lake Murray to Sweetwater Reservoir pipeline relining project in which Woods reinforced 4.3 miles of large-diameter pipeline to extend its service life by decades. At the same time, the Board adopted a resolution honoring Woods for decades of unequaled service to the region’s 3.3 million residents and its $220 billion economy.

As a certified small business, Woods participated in the Water Authority’s Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program, which is designed to maximize participation by small businesses in the agency’s procurements. In June, the company was purchased by J.F. Shea Co., Inc., one of the largest and oldest privately held construction companies in the nation. 

Water Authority, Member Agencies Celebrate Water Professionals Appreciation Week

The Water Authority and its member agencies celebrated California's second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week from Oct. 6-14. The week highlights the important role of water industry professionals and local agencies in ensuring safe and reliable water and wastewater service in California.

Throughout the week, the Water Authority and its member agencies shared photos of employees on social media that captured their contributions to water supply reliability.
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Did You See?

On Oct. 4, Pomerado News published a column by former Board Chair Mark Muir about the Water Authority's key accomplishments during his two-year term as chair, which ended on Sept. 30.

" New board leaders take the helm this month, and I have every confidence they will serve as faithful stewards of this vital regional agency," Muir wrote. "Just like I did two years ago, they will build upon the contributions and accomplishments of so many directors, staff members and stakeholders who continue to make the Water Authority our region’s trusted water leader."