Water conservation is a way of life in the San Diego region, whether during drought periods or wet years. While the region is in drought like much of the Southwest U.S., San Diego County is not experiencing a water shortage. That’s because the Helix Water District, and the other water utilities serving the region, have worked together for 25 years to conserve water and invest in new water resources.
June 2021 was the hottest June on record in the U.S.
Map from InciWeb
On July 8, Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency everywhere except Southern California
Map from Cal Matters
In the San Diego region, water utilities work together to develop water supply
San Diego residents use half the water they used in the 1990s
Water efficient landscaping at The Water Conservation Garden
Water supply from the Colorado River
Colorado River photo from KUER Public Radio
Drought-proof water resources
In 2014, the Water Authority completed the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to turn Pacific Ocean water into drinking water. It’s the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere. Now, we’re focused on turning recycled water into drinking water by using reverse osmosis, just like at the Carlsbad plant, and other advanced water treatment technology.
Reverse osmosis cannisters at the Carlsbad Desalination Plant. Photo from Poseidon Water
More space to store water
San Vicente Dam photo from the San Diego County Water Authority