Water Authority conservation program named best in Southwest

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, presented the San Diego County Water Authority today with an award of excellence for its residential high-efficiency clothes washer (HEW) voucher program. The HEW program was recognized as the top Water Conservation Field Services Program among four districts in the bureau's Lower Colorado Region. Each year, the bureau names one program among many water conservation projects throughout the Southwest for this award. The award was presented by Bill Steele, manager of the bureau's Southern California area office.

‘Love Your Water’ Campaign Embraces Region’s Most Precious Natural Resource

Today – Valentine’s Day – the San Diego County Water Authority kicks off its second annual smartphone photo contest designed to showcase how people cherish the region’s most precious natural resource. It’s a more important topic than ever this year as dry conditions statewide have heightened awareness about water supplies and the need to use water efficiently.

Water Authority Wins 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award

Las Vegas – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today recognized the San Diego County Water Authority with a 2018 WaterSense Excellence Award for advancing water efficiency through its Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program. The Water Authority received one of 21 WaterSense awards presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas. The QWEL program, created by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and adopted in several states, is certified by EPA to significantly increase water management skills and knowledge among landscape professionals. Program curriculum consists of 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training on principles of plant care, irrigation system […]

Water Authority Presents Kyocera with 2018 Water Innovation & Efficiency Award

The San Diego County Water Authority this morning presented its 2018 Water Innovation & Efficiency Award to Kyocera for reducing its annual water use by more than 6 million gallons at its San Diego facility, a decrease of nearly 20 percent since 2014. The award marks the Water Authority’s inaugural effort to recognize water-efficiency investments among the region’s top manufacturing companies in conjunction with the Industrial Environmental Association. The 2018 Water Innovation & Efficiency Award was announced at the IEA’s 34th Annual Environmental Conference at the San Diego Convention Center. “Water is our most precious natural resource, and it’s so […]

San Diego Region’s Water Supplies Remain Adequate Despite Statewide Drought

Despite a statewide drought declaration on Friday, the San Diego County Water Authority has adequate supplies for 2014 because of local investments in diverse and more reliable water supplies over the past two decades and a long-term decrease in regional water demand.

The Water Authority is not projecting the need for countywide water-use restrictions this year, though the agency is closely monitoring hydrologic conditions across the Southwest. It is also encouraging residents and businesses to use water as efficiently as possible to avoid water waste.

Saving water saves energy

The San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents and businesses countywide to conserve water during the upcoming summer months. This year it is especially important to minimize water use wherever possible since saving water also saves the energy required to pump and deliver the water. Since 75 to 95 percent of the water used in the county is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River, a huge amount of energy is required to deliver that water to county homes.

Secretary of the Interior Babbitt to sign historic Colorado River agreement

The final major component of a plan to reduce California’s dependence on Colorado River water is set for implementation when the Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, signs the Record of Decision for Colorado River Interim Surplus Criteria. The Secretary will sign the agreement at a ceremony hosted by the San Diego County Water Authority at 10 a.m. Jan. 16, at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort 2000 Second St., Coronado, Calif.