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OMWD Recognizes Winners of the Annual Water Awareness Poster Contest

Encinitas, Calif. — Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors recognized at its May 18 meeting the top three entries in the 2022 “Love Water, Save Water” Poster Contest. Fourth grade students living or attending school within OMWD’s service area were eligible to enter the contest. The recognized entries were from Flora Vista Elementary School […]

High School Photo Contest Winners Highlight the Importance and Beauty of Water

Chula Vista, Calif. – Twelve local high school students were honored for their award-winning photographs at the Sweetwater Authority (Authority) Board Meeting on May 11. The winners were selected from a group of 65 students from high schools across the South Bay who submitted over 150 entries for the Authority’s High School Photo Contest.

Water Authority Awarded Patent for Pipeline Inspection Tool

The San Diego County Water Authority has been granted its first ever utility patent for a device that inspects interior sections of water pipelines that are inaccessible or not safe to inspect without expensive specialized gear and training. Water Authority Operations and Maintenance Manager Martin Coghill invented the tool to save time, reduce costs and […]

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Helix Water District Locks in Stable Prices for Renewable Energy

Helix Water District recently renewed its electricity-purchasing contract with San Diego-based Calpine Energy Solutions, a company that sells electricity but relies on utilities like SDG&E, Edison and PG&E to deliver it. Helix has worked with Calpine since 2007 to manage the district’s energy costs and its move to renewable resources.

City of San Diego Celebrates 100th Year of Barrett Reservoir

SAN DIEGO – This year marks a century of Barrett Reservoir playing an important part of the City of San Diego’s water supply. Barrett is one of nine reservoirs that make up part of the City’s vast water system. Fishing season opens at Barrett on Wednesday, May 4.   Barrett Reservoir was created with the completion […]

Sweetwater Authority Approves Pipeline Projects in Bonita and the City of National City

Chula Vista, Calif. – The Sweetwater Authority (Authority) Governing Board approved $2.4M in pipeline projects in Bonita and National City to ensure continued reliable water service for customers. The Board voted to approve these projects at its April 27 Governing Board meeting. SRK Engineering was awarded the contract for construction that will begin in June […]

Padre Dam Board Holds Revenues Steady for Next Five Years

April 27, 2022 – Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a zero percent revenue increase for the District’s water and wastewater operations over the next five years – for Fiscal Years 2023-2027. The decision to adopt this approach to not increase revenue for the next five year period was based on […]

MWD’s Water-Use Mandates Don’t Impact San Diego Region

April 26, 2022 – “The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors today voted to implement a series of actions to address serious water shortages in parts of its service area that solely depend on the State Water Project. Those restrictions do not directly affect residents and businesses who receive water from the […]

City of San Diego to Begin Repair Work on Hodges Reservoir Dam

San Diego, Calif. – As part of ongoing efforts to maintain and invest in City of San Diego infrastructure, repair work will begin within the next two weeks on Hodges Dam, located at the Hodges Reservoir north of Rancho Bernardo. “It’s been over a century since Hodges Dam was constructed and we are making significant […]

Sweetwater Authority Strives to Continue To Improve Water Quality In Its Service Area

Chula Vista, Calif. – Earlier this month, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) received calls from customers in the City of National City regarding discoloration of their drinking water. Upon receiving these calls, staff from the Authority’s Water Quality department deployed staff into the field to perform site investigations at several homes and businesses. An in-depth investigation led […]

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Vallecitos Board Declares Level 2 Drought Alert

San Marcos, Calif. – California’s drought, which seemed to be retreating after soaking storms in both October and December, is now all but certain to continue into a third year after the driest January and February in recorded history. The record-breaking dry period and the absence of significant rains in March have required the State […]

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OMWD Completes Manchester Avenue Potable Water Pipeline Project

Encinitas, Calif. —  Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved today the filing of a notice of completion for the Manchester Avenue Potable Water Pipeline Project. Pipeline replacement work is now complete along Manchester Avenue, Rancho Santa Fe Road, and Encinitas Boulevard. In total, 3,700 linear feet of aged potable water pipeline was […]

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Vista Irrigation District Mourns The Loss of Director Paul Dorey

Vista, Calif. – Vista Irrigation District is saddened by the passing of board member Paul Dorey on April 8, 2022. Dorey served on the district board of directors for over 15 years. He retired from the district in 2004 after nearly 33 years of service and was first elected in 2006. Dorey has served as […]

City of San Diego Receives High Grades for Sewer Revenue Bonds

San Diego, Calif. – Two credit ratings agencies have given the City of San Diego’s sewer revenue bonds high grades, a positive sign as the City moves forward on making important upgrades and rehabilitating its sewer system infrastructure.   Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings have both assigned ‘AA’ ratings to approximately $158 million subordinate […]

Sweetwater Authority Encourages Continued Water Efficiency and Applauds Customers’ Ongoing Efforts

Chula Vista, Calif. – Sweetwater Authority continues to encourage customers to use water wisely and efficiently. On March 28, Governor Newsom called upon water agencies in California to activate their Drought Response Plans to higher levels of water restrictions to mitigate concerns of the long-term drought impacting our state. Because of the hard work and […]