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Water Authority Issues Statement on Drought Actions by the State Water Board

May 19, 2016

“We appreciate the State Water Board’s willingness to revise its regulation by allowing water agencies to certify the adequacy of…

“We appreciate the State Water Board’s willingness to revise its regulation by allowing water agencies to certify the adequacy of their supplies to meet demands. This will allow agencies to tailor drought responses to the unique situation in each service area across our diverse state, and it supports agencies that have invested in drought-resilient supplies.

“By working together with water agencies, the State Water Board has charted a course that will not only help California address current drought challenges but encourage communities to continue investing in water supply reliability projects and prepare for future droughts.

“In San Diego County, supply reliability investments have provided our region with enough water to meet demands even in the fifth year of drought. At the same time, water-use efficiency is a civic duty and a way of life in our region; per capita potable water-use is down nearly 40 percent since 1990. By addressing both supply and demand – including our continued efforts promote long-term water-use efficiency – the Water Authority will continue to ensure water supply reliability for the region.”

— Maureen Stapleton, general manager, San Diego County Water Authority

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $240 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

    Media Contact Information

    Ed Joyce

    Phone: (949) 276-1675

    Email: Ejoyce@sdcwa.org