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2019 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

and Efficiency

In 1944, President Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Navy to construct Pipeline 1, connecting the Colorado River Aqueduct in Riverside County to San Vicente Reservoir.


Water Authority Wins National Environmental Accolades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Water Authority in October with a 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award for advancing water efficiency through its Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program. The QWEL program is certified by EPA to significantly increase water management skills and knowledge among landscape professionals. As one of the first QWEL providers in Southern California, the Water Authority has helped to expand the program’s branded outreach and educational outcomes. Since the January 2016 launch of QWEL, more than 1,000 San Diego landscape professionals have participated, making the region’s program one of the largest in the nation.

“Partnering with EPA has helped the Water Authority strengthen its leadership position and promote water efficiency with a variety of key audiences. Through the QWEL program, we are raising awareness of challenging landscape water-use efficiency rules in California, and empowering landscaping professionals to adopt best practices.”
Jim Madaffer
Water Authority Board of Directors