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OMWD Board Controls Spending in Two-Year Budget for Fiscal Years 2025 and 2026

Encinitas, CA—At its June 19 meeting, Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors will consider approving a two-year budget for 2025 and 2026, reflecting board direction to control costs and limit the impact to customers of impending wholesale water prices. After consideration by the board’s Finance Committee in April, the final spending plan for fiscal […]

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East County Advanced Water Purification Joint Powers Authority Receives ‘AA’ Fitch Credit Rating

May 21, 2024 – Santee, CA – The East County Advanced Water Purification Joint Powers Authority (JPA) recently received a ‘AA’, outlook stable rating from U.S. credit rating agency, Fitch Rating. This rating is important because it shows an agency’s ability to repay its debts. Fitch assigned the ‘AA’ rating to $415 million of interim […]

CalFIRE firefighting helicopter flies over Loveland Reservoir. Photo: Sweetwater Authority

Loveland Reservoir Serves As Vital Resource in Fighting Recent Wildfire

Earlier this week, a fire broke out near Sweetwater Authority’s (Authority) Loveland Reservoir in Alpine, California. Authority staff swiftly responded to assist emergency services with access and logistics in their effort to fight the wind-driven fire, which burned approximately 18 acres before being contained. Loveland Reservoir, an important drinking water resource for Authority customers, served […]

Left group, front row: San Marcos councilmembers Ed Musgrove and Mike Sannella; San Marcos Deputy Mayor Sharon Jenkins; San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. Back row: San Marcos Fire Department Fire Marshall/Battalion Chief Jason Nailon. Right group, front row: Vallecitos Board Member Craig Elitharp and President Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson, Ph.D.; Vallecitos Operations and Maintenance Manager Ed Pedrazzi. Back row: Vallecitos Board Member Jim Pennock with grandson; Vallecitos Board Member Erik A. Groset, Vallecitos General Manager James Gumpel. Photo: Vallecitos Water District wildfire preparedness HeloPod

Vallecitos Water District, City of San Marcos, and CalFIRE Collaborate on Wildfire Preparedness

In preparation for the 2024 wildfire season, the Vallecitos Water District and City of San Marcos worked with the California Division of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE) to provide a new water source to aid firefighters. On Tuesday, April 30, Vallecitos Board President Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson, Ph.D., and San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones hosted a ribbon-cutting […]

Padre Dam Dives into a New Medium with Launch of The Water Drop Podcast

April 26, 2024 – Padre Dam Municipal Water District has launched a new podcast, The Water Drop to dive into the latest information and hot topics in the water industry. The Water Drop debuted in March 2024 and monthly episodes are planned. Padre Dam staff as well as outside experts will discuss an array of […]

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OMWD Hosts Ecoliteracy Showcase Featuring Local Students’ Environmental Projects

Encinitas, CA — Olivenhain Municipal Water District, the Encinitas Union School District, and BCK Programs invite members of the public to attend a free Ecoliteracy Showcase on May 7, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. at the Encinitas Farm Lab, located at 441 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. The showcase celebrates local students’ year-long efforts in promoting […]

South Bay Irrigation District transforms into “South Bay Water,” announces upcoming community logo contest

Chula Vista, CA  – On April 9, 2024, the South Bay Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a proclamation to rebrand the district as “South Bay Water.” The updated name enhances the connection between the district and its important role as the governance branch of Sweetwater Authority, a public water agency that serves 200,000 residents […]

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Helix Water District Replaces Aging Key Water Valve

One of the largest water valves key to Helix Water District operations was recently replaced. The massive five-ton, five-foot diameter valve is one of the largest in the district’s operation. This valve isolates a section of pipe allowing water from Lake Jennings to flow into the R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant. This replacement addresses two […]

(Left to right) California Dept. of Water Resources Director Karla Nemeth, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and Gov. Gavin Newsom join the snow survey team for fourth media snow survey of the 2024 season is held at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada. The survey is held approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50 in El Dorado County. Photo:  Andrew Nixon, California Dept. of Water Resources

Snow Survey Confirms Water Supplies Remain Plentiful for San Diego

The California Department of Water Resources performed its fourth snowpack survey of the season on Tuesday, April 2, confirming that the early winter’s “snow drought” gave way to a slightly above-normal snowpack following a series of storms. DWR’s early April snow survey marks what is considered the peak snowpack for the year in the Sierra […]

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OMWD’s AAA Bond Rating Affirmed

Encinitas, CA — Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s AAA Revenue Bonds were affirmed with a stable outlook on March 27 by Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency that offers independent credit opinions. The AAA rating is the highest possible grade and has been awarded to only a handful of agencies in Southern California.

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Construction of New Recycled Water Pipelines Allows OMWD to Reduce Dependence on Imported Drinking Water

Encinitas, CA — Olivenhain Municipal Water District is scheduled to start construction in April on the extension of several underground pipelines within the cities of Encinitas and Carlsbad that will allow the conversion of 28 irrigation meters to recycled water.

As soon as 2026, the East County Advanced Water Program will deliver water to the faucets of customers. Photo: East County AWP milestone

East County Advanced Water Program Hits Multiple Milestones  

Work on the East County Advanced Water Purification Program facilities and pipelines reached multiple milestones at the start of 2024, and construction continues on schedule at multiple East County locations through 2025. As soon as 2026, the AWP will deliver water to the faucets of customers in the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Helix Water […]

The San Diego County Water Authority issued its Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report, focusing on the need to adopt, engage, and transform its operations to ensure a healthy and resilient regional water system in the face of change. Photo: San Diego County Water Authority FY23 annual report

Year Of Impact: Water Authority Issues FY2023 Annual Report

The San Diego County Water Authority issued its Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report, recapping the agency’s efforts to adapt, engage, and transform in ways that ensure a safe and resilient regional water system today and for future generations. The annual report can be accessed on the Water Authority website. Commitment to public transparency The Water […]

Low water conditions reveal the light-colored rink traces along the rock-wall shoreline at Lake Mead, showing the decreased water level from years of drought conditions in the Colorado River basin. Innovative water sharing agreements can help to mitigate this. Photo: Christopher Clark / U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation

Water Agencies Evolving to Address Changing Realities

California water agencies including the San Diego County Water Authority are exploring ways to better manage sporadic periods of abundant rainfall — part of a larger effort to meet the ever-changing realities they face logistically and economically. Water Authority General Manager Dan Denham recently discussed the evolution of regional water management on the Southern California […]

The San Diego County Water Authority added desalinated seawater to its supply portfolio in 2015 with the start of commercial operations at the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant. Photo: San Diego County Water Authority

Water Agencies Explore Innovative Transfer Deal for Drought-Resilient Water

For the second time in recent months, the San Diego County Water Authority is considering an innovative water transfer that could eventually deliver drought-resilient water supplies to South Orange County through the Moulton Niguel Water District and help combat increasing water rates for San Diegans. Both districts have signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU to […]