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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 […]

‘Fix a Leak Week’ Rebates Available for Sweetwater Authority Customers

Chula Vista, Calif. – In honor of Fix a Leak Week, Sweetwater Authority (Authority) is offering rebates of up to $75 for leak repairs made in March 2018. For an application and additional information on how to apply for the rebate, please visit the Sweetwater Authority website.

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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 […]