The San Diego County Water Authority intensified its call for immediate water conservation following the state Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) October 30 announcement to limit water deliveries in 2009. The initial allocation – 15 percent – is the second lowest in the history of the State Water Project.
The San Diego County Water Authority Board today officially approved implementing Stage 2 of the region's Drought Management Plan, "supply enhancement," to address water supply challenges facing San Diego County in 2008.
Beginning Oct. 29, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will join a majority of the nation's public water suppliers in adding fluoride to its treated water supplies. Metropolitan's treated water deliveries to San Diego County will be fluoridated starting Dec. 3 when fluoridation begins at the Skinner water treatment plant. Approximately half of the treated water used in the county comes from Metropolitan's Skinner plant in southern Riverside County.
The San Diego County Water Authority said the state Department of Water Resources' announcement Monday of a low initial allocation of water deliveries to the State Water Project (SWP) was expected due to continuing dry conditions this fall and serves as the latest reminder of the region's need to increase voluntary water conservation.
Today in Fresno, U. S. District Court Judge Oliver W. Wanger announced a series of severe restrictions on the operations of the massive pumps that supply water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to 25 million Californians (about two-thirds of all Californians), including 3 million residents of San Diego County, to protect threatened fish in the Bay-Delta.
The California Natural Resources Agency on Thursday released the first four of 12 draft chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The plan proposes new water intakes and tunnels and habitat restoration to reverse the decline of native fish populations in the Delta and provide reliable water deliveries for two-thirds of California’s population and much of the state’s agricultural economy.
The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies today, which provides a framework for on-site preliminary studies that will determine the feasibility of building a major regional seawater desalination facility at Camp Pendleton.
The newest public opinion survey conducted for the San Diego County Water Authority shows that increasing numbers of San Diego County residents are ready for drought-tolerant landscapes for their homes. In addition, respondents generally felt that California-friendly landscapes were easier to maintain, no more costly and just as attractive as more traditional landscaping – important views that Water Authority officials said will help facilitate new conservation programs.
The San Diego County Water Authority has issued an urgent call for home-owners and businesses throughout San Diego County to curtail all unnecessary water use through the end of next week. This includes reducing landscape irrigation through the end of next week. Where landscape irrigation is necessary, the Water Authority advises watering between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to help reduce demands during the day.
On Monday, a contractor excavating a Water Authority treated water pipeline that serves North County member agencies, found a leak. Ramona Municipal Water District is asking its customers to eliminate unnecessary outdoor water use from Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, while the leak is being repaired. The Water Authority's Ramona Pipeline, which provides treated water to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District, city of San Diego, and Ramona Municipal Water District, was found to have a minor leak and is in need of emergency repairs this weekend.