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Live WaterSmart by Turning off Irrigation Systems after Rainstorm

Storms drawing moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Paine have delivered enough rain across San Diego County that irrigation systems should be turned off for at least 48 hours after the rain stops. By letting Mother Nature take care of the outdoor watering, residents and businesses are helping the region make the most of our water supplies while also complying with state water-use regulations that prohibit irrigating landscapes during measurable rainfall and for 48 hours afterward. This week’s storm has delivered nearly a half-inch of rain to Lindbergh Field, most of which fell from mid-Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Some […]

The San Diego County Water Authority Reminds Residents and Businesses To Turn Sprinklers Off

The San Diego County Water Authority urges residents and businesses to shut off their irrigation systems and keep them off for at least the next week.

Two more rainstorms are forecast to hit the region starting tonight through Sunday. The ground is still saturated in most areas following record rainfall on Monday.

If all the sprinklers in the region were shut off for just a week, as much as 2,000 acre-feet of water could be conserved, or enough to meet the annual needs of 4,000 average households.

Extraordinary State Demands Thwart Research on Seawater Desalination Technologies

The San Diego County Water Authority is closing down work on a potential seawater desalination plant at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton due to extraordinary permitting hurdles and related costs created by the State Lands Commission staff, along with the decreased potential that the plant will be needed in coming decades. For the past three years, the Water Authority has been developing a small-scale pilot facility to assess seawater intake and treatment technologies at Camp Pendleton, with grant funding from state and federal agencies. The resulting study would have been the first in California to investigate an innovative subsurface […]