Water Authority Teams with SDG&E to Boost Conservation Around County

The Vista Detention Facility will get a water-efficiency makeover as the latest piece of a conservation collaboration between the San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

Water and Energy Efficiency Programs

The Water Authority's Board of Directors has approved a three-part conservation partnership with SDG&E.

Nation’s Largest Seawater Desalination Plant Delivers 40 Billion Gallons of High-Quality Drinking Water

Project partners Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority gathered today at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to celebrate delivering 40 billion gallons of drought-resilient drinking water to San Diego County during three years of commercial operations at the plant. The short ceremony included a proclamation by Supervisor Bill Horn marking Dec. 13, 2018, as Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant Day, and a ceremonial toast with desalinated water. “It’s incredible what we’ve accomplished in three years,” said Sandra Kerl, deputy general manager of the Water Authority. “Since coming online in 2015, the Carlsbad Desalination Plant […]

Public Records Reveal Eastern Municipal Water District Fronting San Diego Public Relations Campaign for Metropolitan Water District

Public records show the Eastern Municipal Water District in Riverside County is funding a $15,000-per-month public relations campaign in San Diego County on behalf of the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

While limited information was provided under the California Public Records Act, Eastern water district officials redacted key information and refused to release all records to the public, forcing the San Diego County Water Authority to file a lawsuit on January 22 to obtain the records.

Judge decides not to send preferential rights case to trial

San Francisco Superior Court Judge James J. McBride sustained a demurrer filed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California against a lawsuit filed by the San Diego County Water Authority regarding the formula Metropolitan uses to determine its member agencies' rights to water. Today's action by the court means the Authority's lawsuit is ended unless the Authority appeals to the Court of Appeal.

Water Authority’s New Insurance Program Aids Small Businesses

The San Diego County Water Authority is offering a new insurance program that will open the door for more small businesses to participate in contracted work. The service was designed to make it easier for contractors to meet the insurance requirements of the Water Authority by providing a cost-saving alternative to the rates offered by most insurance companies.

Water Authority Chair Responds to Court’s Validation of the QSA

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly on Wednesday entered a judgment validating the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement and rejecting all of the remaining legal challenges to the landmark accord, in line with his tentative ruling in June. The final ruling secures a key component of water supply for the San Diego County Water Authority, which will receive 180,000 acre-feet of water this year as result of the QSA and related projects.

500th Community Leader Graduates from Citizens Water Academy

The San Diego County Water Authority’s pioneering Citizens Water Academy celebrated the graduation of its 500th community leader today at the conclusion of the fall class series. During the popular and award-winning academy program, civic leaders learn about visionary local efforts to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the San Diego region. Participants get an in-depth look at how the Water Authority helps protect the region’s economy and quality of life through strategic planning, innovative programs, and cost-effective investments. After the third and final class of each academy, graduates are given diplomas to the sounds of “Pomp and […]

Water Authority Board Chair Outlines Compromise Terms to Potentially End MWD Litigation

San Diego County Water Authority Board Chair Jim Madaffer today sent a letter to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors that lays out a potential compromise approach by both parties designed to end nearly a decade of litigation over MWD’s rates. The letter includes specific, practical terms that respect both the Water Authority’s and MWD’s perspectives towards an equitable conclusion in coming weeks. “Concluding all pending court cases is in the best interest of everyone involved, and it would allow us to begin a new era of collaboration on other important regional and state issues,” said […]

Water Authority welcomes release of water transfer DEIR/DEIS

Environmental documents related to the Imperial Irrigation District-San Diego County Water Authority water transfer have been released. The Imperial Irrigation District Water Conservation and Transfer Project Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Impact Statement was released for public review by the IID Jan. 18. “We welcome the release of the document as an opportunity for public discussion and comment,” said Water Authority general manager Maureen A. Stapleton.