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 December 2009
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Intial SWP Allocation Numbers Announced
Commercial Rebate Money Available
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Latest Conservation Numbers
San Vicente Dam Raise
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Intial Water Allocation From State Water Project Announced

5 Percent Intial Allocation is Lowest In Project History 

On December 1, the
 California Department of Water Resources announced an initial 2010 allocation of 5 percent of total water deliveries to State Water Project contractors. Five percent is the lowest initial allocation since the SWP began delivering water in 1967.  The San Diego region typically receives about 30% of its water supply from the SWP.
Water Authority Board Chair Claude A. "Bud" Lewis issued a statement in response to DWR's initial 2010 SWP allocation:
"Today's announcement means it is vital that San Diego County residents continue their efforts to conserve water. Residents, businesses, and public agencies throughout San Diego County have generated significant savings, and are helping our region meet its water shortage allocation target this year.  We applaud this growing conservation ethic, and urge everyone to continue their commitment to using water wisely and do all they can to reduce their water use."

To read DWR's news release, click here.

Up to $25,000 Available for Commercial Property Rebates

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Although 70% of the funding for commercial water efficient product incentives has already been reserved, there is still time to receive a rebate, if you act quickly.
Under the Save-a-Buck Program, commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family sites can qualify for the rebates. There are several types of rebates available for existing properties as well as new construction. Rebates are available for high-efficiency clothes washers,  high-efficiency toilets, ultra-low-flush and zero water urinals, central computer and weather-based irrigation controllers and rotating nozzles, pressurized water brooms, pH conductivity controllers, cooling towers, ice making machines and connectionless food steamers.
Check out the amount of available funding at
www.mwdsaveabuck.com and for a full list of rebates available.  

Speakers Bureau Gearing up for 2010



The San Diego region faces major water issues next year, including ongoing shortages, continuing use restrictions, and a historic state water bond on the November 2010 ballot. The Water Authority has representatives ready to meet with business, industry, service and environmental groups to provide updates on water supply conditions, legislation, rates and major projects such as the San Vicente Dam Raise. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your organization, contact Teresa Penunuri at tpenunuri@sdcwa.org or 858-522-6708. 

San Diego County Continues to Excel at Conservation  

San Diego County residents and businesses continued to conserve water at a high level in October. According to recent Water Authority data, total water use for the months of July through October was down 11.4 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Municipal and industrial water use for the same period was down 14.4 percent.
Last year, San Diego County used only 1% more water than in 1990, although the regional population has increased by approximately half a million people. Good work San Diego!
In response to strong community support for water conservation, some agencies have modified their water restrictions for the winter months. To find out restrictions that apply in your area, click here.
To see the latest water use figures, click here.  


San Vicente Dam Raise Team Reaches Out to Contractors 

The Water Authority hosted a contractor outreach event on the dam raise site in November to allow potential
contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers to network with each other in preparation for the next
construction contract. The team anticipates going out to bid for the next phase of the project, the largest dam raise in the United States, in early 2010. This phase of work, expected to begin in spring 2010, includes placing the concrete to raise the height of the dam 117 feet and building the saddle dam.
dam raiseWork has already begun on the dam raise. The contractor has been blasting and excavating the foundation of the main dam and the saddle dam. Crews have also begun the hydrodemolition work on the downstream face of the dam.
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the dam raise project will increase the dam's storage capacity by 152,000 acre-feet.  

For more information on the upcoming contract opportunities, click here.

The San Diego County Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe and reliable water supply to support the region's $171 billion economy and quality of life of 3 million residents.