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San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Issues Statement on Colorado River Conditions and Sustainability

June 14, 2022 – Sandra L. Kerl, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, issued the following statement on U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton’s testimony today before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the severity of the drought on the Colorado River and need for near- and long-term innovation […]

SWA Governing Board Approves $72.7M Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-23

Chula Vista, Calif. – The Sweetwater Authority (Authority) Governing Board approved the $72.7M budget for fiscal year (FY) 2022-23 at its June 8, 2022 meeting. The FY 2022-23 Budget provides a balanced approach to maintaining the Authority’s financial condition. The Authority’s volumetric, or commodity rate used to fund operations, will increase by an inflationary index […]

SWA Remains in Drought Level 1 of Drought Response Plan; Adds Additional Restrictions

Chula Vista, Calif. – On June 8, the Governing Board (Board) of Sweetwater Authority (Authority) voted to implement additional drought measures to encourage additional water conservation. A full list of the demand reduction levels can be found on the Authority’s website at On May 24, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted […]

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Vista Irrigation District Declares Level 2 Water Conservation Condition

Vista, Calif. —  Vista Irrigation District board of directors has declared a Water Supply Response Program Level 2 Water Conservation condition, which requires residents and businesses to implement more stringent mandatory water use restrictions beginning June 18, 2022.

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Vista Irrigation District Board Appoints Peter Kuchinsky II To Fill Division 3 Vacancy

Vista, Calif. —  The Vista Irrigation District (District) board of directors approved, by a unanimous vote, the appointment of Peter Kuchinsky II as the new representative for division 3 at a special board meeting. Division 3 encompasses central and northeast Vista and unincorporated areas of the county of San Diego. He immediately fills the seat […]

Padre Dam Announces New CEO/General Manager

June 7, 2022 – Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously appointed Kyle Swanson as the new CEO/General Manager for the District. Swanson’s tenure as CEO/General Manager began on June 2, 2022 following the retirement of prior CEO/General Manager Allen Carlisle. “I am excited about this opportunity to serve both the organization and […]

A view of the FPUD Water Reclamation Plant on Alturas Road, prior to the the estblishment of Marine Corps Base Pendleton. Photo: Tom Rodgers/FPUD

Fallbrook Public Utility District Celebrates 100 Years of Service

The Fallbrook Public Utility District on June 5, celebrated its 100th year of providing water and sewer service in Fallbrook. From its first years serving 800 customers, the utility district, or FPUD, now supplies water to more than 35,000 residents in North San Diego County. The public celebrated the centennial with an old west themed […]

Public Encouraged to Learn About Our Marine Environment Through Video Series on World Oceans Day

SAN DIEGO – Ahead of World Oceans Day this Wednesday, June 8, the City of San Diego is encouraging the public to learn about local coastal waters through a series of videos that describe the diverse work of its Ocean Monitoring Program in studying the effects of regional wastewater treatment processes on the marine environment.

Elementary School Poster Contest Winners Illustrate The Importance of Water

Chula Vista, Calif. – Last week, twenty local elementary school students were named winners of the Sweetwater Authority (Authority) “Water is Life” Poster Contest. The yearly contest gives K-6 students the chance to demonstrate how water is a precious and essential resource. By creating water-related art, students enhance their understanding of the importance of water. […]

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Big Event Marks FPUD Turning 100 Years Old

Fallbrook, Calif. – Fallbrook Public Utility District has been providing water and sewer service in Fallbrook for nearly 100 years. Now thanks to a unanimous vote by the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, the process is moving forward for the district to be able to provide additional community services under the umbrella […]

East County Advanced Water Purification Plant Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for East County Advanced Water Purification Program

The East County Advanced Water Purification Program broke ground, marking an important milestone for the recycled water project in San Diego County. Scheduled to be complete in 2026, the East County AWP will generate up to 11.5 million gallons per day of purified water— meeting approximately 30% of current drinking water demands for East San […]

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Vallecitos Customers Can Irrigate Three Times Per Week

San Marcos, Calif. – To comply with Governor Newsom’s executive order N-7-22, the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors voted to move to a Level 2 Drought Alert at their regular meeting on April 20, 2022. Now that the calendar has moved to June, Vallecitos customers can irrigate three times per week on a schedule […]

Sweetwater Authority Receives Rebate from the San Diego County Water Authority

Chula Vista, Calif. – Sweetwater Authority received a rebate of $205,891 from the San Diego County Water Authority. The funds are a result of the SDCWA litigation against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The money is from attorneys’ fees paid by MWD to the SDCWA. In total, the Authority has received $2,151,194 from […]

Water Authority Distributes $10.4 Million More to Member Agencies

May 26, 2022 – The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted on Thursday to distribute $10.4 million to its 24 member agencies as a result of the agency’s successful rate litigation against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The money is from attorneys’ fees paid by MWD to the Water Authority. […]

Water Authority Proposes 2023 Rates and Charges for Member Agencies

May 26, 2022 – The San Diego County Water Authority is taking strategic steps to minimize rate increases for its 24 member agencies and their customers, while ensuring a safe, reliable, and affordable water supply as drought grips California for a third consecutive year. Water Authority staff today proposed increasing rates and charges for member […]