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Water Authority Board Adopts Position of Oppose on Proposition 16

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today voted to adopt a position of oppose on Proposition 16, a statewide initiative that would amend the state constitution to require a two-thirds super-majority vote before a public agency could provide electric delivery service to new customers. The measure is on the June 8, 2010 statewide primary election ballot.

‘When in Drought’ Campaign Asks Region to Conserve Water Every Day, Every Way

Supported by civic and business leaders, the San Diego County Water Authority on Tuesday unveiled a new regional campaign to encourage additional voluntary water conservation in response to statewide drought conditions.

The campaign’s theme – When in Drought: Save every day, every way. – will appear in ads, public service announcements, online communications and elsewhere in coming months.

Projections Show San Diego Region’s Water Supplies Are Sufficient for 2014

Healthy reservoir storage levels, strong regional water conservation efforts and growing water transfers from the Colorado River mean San Diego County will have sufficient water supplies for 2014 even if dry conditions persist. That assessment was presented Thursday by the San Diego County Water Authority staff to the Board of Directors.

The past two years have been dry across California, and 11 of the past 14 years have been dry in the Colorado River Basin. Locally, precipitation at Lindbergh Field was 63 percent of normal between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013.

Shrinking Colorado River Reservoirs Highlight Need for Water-Use Efficiency, Supply Diversification

An unprecedented reduction in reservoir releases on the Colorado River announced Friday by the Bureau of Reclamation won’t cut water supplies to agencies in San Diego County or the rest of the Southwest during the 2014 “water year,” but the move does underscore the importance of continued conservation and water-supply diversification across the region.

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 […]

Contract Talks Launched for Potential 500MW San Vicente Energy Storage Facility

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday authorized negotiations with Tenaska Inc.-Diamond Generating Corp. Joint Venture to assess the potential for developing a major energy storage facility at San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside. The project would leverage existing water and energy infrastructure to reduce upward pressure on water rates while expanding the potential for renewable energy use across the region. The Water Authority and its partner, the City of San Diego, are seeking to draft a Project Development Agreement by spring 2018 for consideration by their governing boards. In November, the agencies identified Tenaska-Diamond as the […]