Water Authority Reports Regional Water Use Down Nearly 13 Percent Over Last Year

Residential and business water use in San Diego County fell 12.8 percent during the first year of regional water shortages and mandatory water use restrictions, according to a report provided today to the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors.

Water Authority and City of San Diego Receive International Water Award

The San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department recently jointly received the 2010 Public Water Agency of the Year Award of Distinction from the Global Water Awards. The agencies were selected from an international field of candidates for their leadership in managing scarce water resources in 2009 through the development of innovative projects and programs.

Challenges to Water Supply Remain Despite Improved Snowpack Survey Results

Despite today’s report by the California Department of Water Resources that snowpack water content is 115 percent of normal statewide, significant long-term challenges still remain to improving reliability of the region’s water supplies from the Bay-Delta, a San Diego County Water Authority official said.  Moreover, the level of precipitation over the second half of the winter will have a major impact on determining final supply deliveries for the remainder of 2010.

High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebates Increased by 50 Percent

San Diego County residents can take advantage of an increased rebate on the purchase of high-efficiency clothes washers (HEW) beginning March 15, the San Diego County Water Authority announced today. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) will increase the current HEW $100 rebate to $150 for approved models with a grant from the state Department of Water Resources. MWD and San Diego Gas & Electric each provide $50 of the current rebate.

‘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.

Colorado River municipal water utilities respond to first interim report of Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

The Colorado River Municipal Utilities, consisting of Aurora Water, the Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the city of Phoenix, the San Diego County Water Authority, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Western Urban Water Coalition, jointly have issued the following statement in response to the release of Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study Interim Report No. 1 by the Bureau of Reclamation and agencies representing the Basin states:

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.

New ‘Guide’ Offers Tips, Tools and Inspiration for WaterSmart Living

San Diego County residents now have a versatile and comprehensive resource for indoor and outdoor water conservation available at their fingertips wherever they go.

The San Diego County Water Authority on Friday published its “eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle” to inspire, educate and empower homeowners to make water-efficient choices in their homes and gardens. The mobile, interactive guide is designed to reduce the obstacles between discovering interesting ideas – online, at a friend’s house or in a store – and turning them into reality.