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Water Authority Reduces Capital Spending, Lowers Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

The San Diego County Water Authority today cut its current two-year budget by $37 million, or 2.5 percent, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce costs, adopt efficiencies and leverage partnerships while maintaining critical programs. It was the first time in at least a decade that the agency has de-appropriated money during a budget cycle because of savings in its Capital Improvement Program.

Jan. 9 Public Hearing on Long-Term Water Facilities and Climate Action Plans

The San Diego County Water Authority on Thursday will hold a public hearing on three related draft documents that together will provide strategic direction through 2035 for building capital projects and responding to climate change as it relates to agency activities.

The hearing is at 6 p.m. at the Water Authority’s headquarters, 4677 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa. It will cover the 2013 Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update, the Climate Action Plan and the associated environmental document.

Historic San Vicente Dam Raise Project Completed

The largest water storage project in San Diego County history is complete, providing the region with a critical hedge against future water shortages.

The San Vicente Dam Raise project adds 152,000 acre-feet of water storage capacity to the reservoir, enough to serve more than 300,000 homes for a year. Filling the reservoir will take two to five years, depending on water supply and demand conditions statewide. The newly added storage volume is greater than any reservoir in the county.

American Society of Civil Engineers President Honors Water Authority’s Emergency & Carryover Storage Project

Today the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, along with dozens of local water leaders and stakeholders, celebrated the San Diego County Water Authority’s Emergency & Carryover Storage Project winning ASCE’s top international engineering award with a plaque presentation ceremony at Olivenhain Dam near Escondido. ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei presented the plaque for winning ASCE’s 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award to the Water Authority’s leadership, including Board Chair Mark Muir and General Manager Maureen Stapleton. Mattei saluted the Water Authority and its member agencies for having the foresight and dedication to build the Emergency and Carryover […]

Expansion Project Doubles Treated Water Deliveries to Otay Water District

The San Diego County Water Authority completed construction of its Otay 14 Flow Control expansion project, preparing it for connection to a new 36-inch Otay Water District pipeline. When complete in summer 2010, the pipeline will double daily treated water deliveries to the Otay Water District to 16 million gallons per day. The flow control expansion project is a key component of the Water Authority’s East County Regional Treated Water Improvement Program (ECRTWIP).

Water Authority Recommends $1.5 Billion Budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017

The San Diego County Water Authority’s general manager on Thursday recommended a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, up 2 percent from the current two-year budget due largely to higher costs for the purchase and treatment of water.

Water Authority Begins Building Tallest Dam Raise in U.S.

Construction is under way for the San Vicente Dam Raise project – the tallest dam raise ever in the United States and a vital component of the San Diego County Water Authority’s long-term plan to improve regional water reliability.

More than 150 local water and business leaders, along with California Secretary for Natural Resources Mike Chrisman, gathered today near the dam site in Lakeside to commemorate the start of construction of the $568 million project. 

Water Authority’s Diversification Strategy Lauded in ‘New Visions, Smart Choices’ Report

The San Diego County Water Authority’s multifaceted plan for diversifying the region’s water supplies is a model for other communities around the West, according to a report released Tuesday by a non-profit network of water managers, scientists and conservationists called Carpe Diem West

New Visions, Smart Choices

Water Authority Board Approves San Vicente Dam Raise of 117 Feet

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today certified the enironmental impact report to raise San Vicente Dam by 117 feet. The $568 million project, to be built on top of the existing San Vicente Dam in Lakeside, will expand the reservoir to hold an additional 52,000 acre-feet of water for use during emergencies and another 100,000 acre-feet of water to supplement imported supplies during dry periods.