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Free WaterSmart Landscaping Class Series Returns in March

Participants receive expert advice and develop a personalized landscape plan San Diego, Calif. – Looking for a way to spruce up your yard and trim water use at the same time? The San Diego County Water Authority is here to help with two new sessions of the four-part WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series starting in March.

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Wanted: Large Landscapes for Program Proven to Reduce Irrigation Water Use

Participants receive training, state-of-the-art tools to cut outdoor demand by at least 20 percent San Diego, Calif. – The San Diego County Water Authority seeks approximately 20 commercial-scale landscapes for participation in a program that has demonstrated significant outdoor water-use reductions through a combination of training, hardware upgrades and technical assistance valued at more than […]

Sweetwater Authority Executes $23 Million Bond Sale – Funds Major Infrastructure Improvement Projects

Chula Vista, Calif. – On Tuesday, November 28, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) successfully completed a bond sale of $23 million to fund five major infrastructure improvement projects. These projects include improvements to Sweetwater and Loveland Dams, a new storage tank, replacement of an aged 36-inch transmission main, and other system improvements.

Sweetwater Authority Receives $276,060 in Grant Funding for Clean Energy Project

Chula Vista, Calif. – At its October 25 Board Meeting, Sweetwater Authority’s (Authority) Governing Board received a $276,060 check from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) for its hydroelectric generation project at the Robert A. Perdue Water Treatment Plant (Perdue Plant). The Authority contracted with NLine Energy for the development of the project. NLine Energy […]

Sweetwater Authority Debuts Updated Exhibit at Living Coast Discovery Center

Chula Vista, Calif. – This week, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) unveiled an updated exhibit at the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista. The updated kiosk features a touchscreen monitor and new software that allows visitors to take a deeper look at the wildlife and water quality of the Authority’s watershed. It includes updated graphics, photos, […]

Sweetwater Authority Awarded ‘Best of South County’ From the South County Economic Development Council

Chula Vista, Calif. – Sweetwater Authority (Authority) was awarded with The Corky McMillin/Best of South County Award at the South County Economic Development Council’s 27th Annual Economic Summit on September 15. The award was presented to the Authority for the recent expansion and completion of the Richard A. Reynolds Groundwater Desalination Facility.

Sweetwater Authority Celebrates 40 Years of Service and Safe, Reliable Water

Sweetwater Authority (Authority) is celebrating its 40th anniversary and four decades of providing its 189,000 customers with safe, reliable water. That is more than 200 billion gallons of water being delivered to customers that has met or exceeded all water quality requirements since 1977.

Sweetwater Authority Board Approves $51M Budget, No Rate Increase

Chula Vista, Calif. – Sweetwater Authority (Authority) customers will not see a rate increase in the new fiscal year. The Authority’s Governing Board (Board) approved the budget on June 14, 2017. In order to achieve a zero percent rate increase, the Authority used a variety of strategies, including absorbing increased chemical and energy costs, not […]

Sweetwater Authority Welcomes Tish Berge as New General Manager

Former General Manager Jim Smyth retires after nearly 37 years with Sweetwater Authority Chula Vista, Calif. – At its meeting on June 14, 2017, the Governing Board of Sweetwater Authority (Authority) appointed Tish Berge to the role of general manager, effective June 26, 2017. Berge brings more than 25 years of experience in the water […]

Sweetwater Authority Completes Expansion of the Richard A. Reynolds Groundwater Desalination Facility

Chula Vista, Calif. –  This morning, state and local officials joined together with Sweetwater Authority (Authority) to celebrate the completion of construction on the Richard A. Reynolds Groundwater Desalination Facility Phase 2 Expansion project.

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OMWD Receives $650,000 in Grant Funding to Further Study Expansion of Its Local Water Supplies

Encinitas, Calif. — Olivenhain Municipal Water District was awarded $650,000 in grant funding from California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) to continue exploring the feasibility of brackish groundwater desalination in the San Dieguito Valley. In an effort to boost water supply in the wake of the state’s historic, five‐year drought, DWR awarded Proposition 1 funding […]