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Water Authority’s Proposed 2019 Rate Increases Smallest in Years

San Diego, Calif. – Water rate increases proposed by the San Diego County Water Authority staff for 2019 are among the smallest in the past 15 years due to financial benefits secured through litigation against the Los Angeles-baed Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Water Authority’s planned use of its Rate Stabilization Fund.

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FPUD Now Accepting Applications for Paid High School Summer Internship

Fallbrook, Calif. – Students at Fallbrook High, Oasis High, or Ivy High schools can now apply online for a paid summer internship program at Fallbrook Public Utility District. The internship is available to any student enrolled in one of those schools as a junior or senior for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

High School Photo Contest Winners Recognized at Water Board Meeting

Chula Vista, Calif. – Local high school students will be honored for their winning photos at the Sweetwater Authority Governing Board meeting on May 9. More than 40 students from the Authority’s service area entered the annual water photo contest, which included a short essay about why water is an essential resource.

Sweetwater Authority Kicks Off Its Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan

Chula Vista, Calif. – On May 2, the Sweetwater Authority’s Governing Board kicked off the start of the agency’s first project of its five-year capital improvement plan with a commemorative pipe-signing at its Board meeting.

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Connect With Nature Through Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s Thirteenth Annual Amateur Photography Contest

Encinitas, Calif. – Olivenhain Municipal Water District and the Escondido Creek Conservancy invite amateur photographers of all ages to Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve for the thirteeth annual amateur photography contest, which launched on Saturday, April 21, and will conclude on Monday, September 3.  

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OMWD’s 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility Recognized As California’s Top Safety Plant for 2017

Encinitas, Calif. – OMWD’s 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility received the “Small Safety Plant of the Year” award from the California Water Environment Association during the statewide awards ceremony on April 20. In addition, as the highest rated California facility in the Safety Category, the Water Environment Federation also presented OMWD with its coveted George […]

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Regional Photo Contest Highlights The Value of Water Across the San Diego Region

San Diego, Calif. – Sharing images that highlight the importance of safe and reliable water supplies in San Diego County will win valuable prizes for dozens of participants during a social media contest that spans Water Awareness Month in May.

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Vallecitos Water District Receive Re-Accreditation as ‘District of Distinction’

San Marcos, Calif. – On April 4, the Vallecitos Water District was honored for achieving re-accreditation as a “District of Distinction” by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). The accreditation is designed as a way for districts to highlight their prudent fiscal practices along with other areas important to effectively operate and govern a special […]

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Water Authority Helps Launch National Leak-Detection Competition

Agency aims to boost efficiency of large-scale water pipelines San Diego, Calif. – As part of its pioneering approach to pipeline asset management, the San Diego County Water Authority is co-sponsoring a nationwide contest to advance leak- and corrosion-detection technologies for large-diameter pipelines. Leaks and corrosion are major problems across the country, resulting in billions […]

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Water Authority Board Endorses State Bond to Fund Natural Resource Upgrades

Proposition 68 would benefit Salton Sea restoration and other vital projects San Diego, Calif. – The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted to endorse Proposition 68, a state bond measure that would fund projects important to the San Diego region and allocate more than $1 billion for water-related initiatives statewide. If passed […]

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Enhance Water Efficiency During National ‘Fix A Leak Week’

Resources help residents fine water waste and make upgrades San Diego, Calif. – As part of national ‘Fix a Leak Week’ activities starting March 19, home and business owners across the region can take advantage of free water-use checkups and other water-saving resources offered by the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies.

Sweetwater Authority Receives Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Chula Vista, Calif. – The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Sweetwater Authority (Authority) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental […]

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New Clean Energy Storage Project to Save Water Authority $100,000 Yearly

Water Authority installs commercial-scale batteries to enhance value of solar energy San Diego, Calif. – The San Diego County Water Authority will save approximately $100,000 per year with commercial-scale batteries installed at the agency’s Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant near San Marcos. The energy storage system is designed to reduce operational costs at the […]

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Spring Forward By Checking Irrigation Systems When Changing Clocks

Start of daylight saving time is a prompt to ensure efficient outdoor water use San Diego, Calif. – The start of daylight saving time on March 11 offers residents a seasonal reminder to check their irrigation systems for efficient operations when they change their clocks.

Risk Management and Safe Work Practices Earn Sweetwater Authority an Insurance Refund

Chula Vista, Calif. – On February 28, 2018, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) received a refund check of $423,770 from the Association of California Water Agencies-Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA). Through risk sharing pools, the JPIA provides the Authority with liability, property, and worker’s compensation insurance. By adopting good risk management practices, and implementing a comprehensive suite […]