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Karla Nemeth, Director of the California Department of Water Resources, left, Cindy Messer, Chief Deputy Director (DWR), center, assists Frank Gehrke, Chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, with the fourth snow survey of 2018 at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The survey site is approximately 90 miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50 in El Dorado County. Photo: Dale Kolke / California Department of Water Resources

San Diego County Water Supplies Sufficient Despite Low Snowpack

San Diego County has secured sufficient water supplies for 2018 and beyond despite below-average, low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada at the start of April when the snowpack typically peaks. The April 2 survey by the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program showed water content in the snowpack statewide increased from 23 percent of average on […]

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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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Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Proposed Water Tax

California voters overwhelmingly oppose state legislation that would create a new tax on drinking water, according to a recent poll of likely 2018 voters around the state. In all, 73 percent said they opposed Senate legislation that would impose a tax on residential customers across the state in order to fund safe drinking water for […]

Region’s Farms Get Help Boosting Water Efficiency

Agriculture is a rich part of San Diego County’s heritage and foundational piece of the region’s economy, but it’s not easy to make a go of farming here given the hilly terrain, uneven soils and limited natural water supplies.

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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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State Waits for New Water-Efficiency Proposals

SACRAMENTO – Stakeholders statewide are reviewing and analyzing recently released new legislative language for two water-use efficiency bills that generated opposition by water agencies, including the Water Authority, when they were introduced last year. The companion bills – AB 1668 authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (Burbank) and SB 606 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (Van Nuys) […]

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Water Authority Board Approves Bill Concepts

SACRAMENTO – Water ratepayers across California would benefit from three concepts approved by the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors for legislation in 2018, and agency staff is seeking to turn the ideas into reality. One bill – AB 2371 – would advance a series of consensus recommendations by a state Independent Technical […]

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New Water Tax on Tap in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – A controversial state Senate bill that would impose new taxes on California water customers is back in the legislative hopper after water agencies helped prevent its passage in 2017. Senate Bill 623 (Monning) proposes taxing fertilizer, dairy products and water customers around the state to address groundwater pollution largely  in agricultural regions of […]

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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.

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Workshop Highlights Progress at the Salton Sea

EL CENTRO – High-ranking agency officials delivered a simple – but critical – message during a standing-room only forum on Salton Sea issues in early March: The current Salton Sea Management Plan represents the best path forward for addressing immediate needs at the sea while laying the groundwork for long-term restoration. Speakers emphasized that for […]

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 […]