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April 2012     
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MWD Approves Rate Increase for 2012-14
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The Water Authority's 2011 Annual Report, Water Smart: Embracing the New Normal is now available online. The flip-book highlights how the Water Authority addressed dynamic challenges in the last fiscal year and embraced them with a smart balance of vision, leadership, flexibility and creativity.

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MWD Approves Higher Than Necessary Rate Increases for 2013-2014


April MWD Meeting 
Attendees show their objections to the rate increase at the April Board meeting of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.


Disregarding public concern over rapidly rising water rates, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's board of directors today approved raising its "average" water rates by 5 percent in 2013 and another 5 percent in 2014. No one pays "average" rates at MWD. The rates MWD's board approved today increase its Tier 1 Treated water rate by 6.7 percent in 2013 and another 5.1 percent in 2014.


MWD's board voted down an alternative proposed by the San Diego County Water Authority that was more sensitive to water ratepayers. The Water Authority's proposal called for reducing spending and capping average rate increases at no more than 3 percent per year for the next two years.


 "By its vote today, MWD's board continues to spend more than is necessary to provide a safe and reliable water supply," Water Authority Board Vice Chairman Thomas V. Wornham  said. "In doing so, MWD rejected a more sensible option to reduce its operating costs and discretionary spending, as most other water agencies and cities in Southern California have.  We are deeply disappointed that MWD's board and staff did not give meaningful consideration to our proposal, which would have funded all of MWD's core needs and provided some much-needed relief to 19 million water ratepayers in MWD's service area."

To read the full news release, click here.

To learn more about the Water Authority's alternative proposal and rate challenge to MWD, visit www.MWDFacts.com.  


Learn About Challenges on the Colorado River at the next Water Talks - May 1


Water Talks: Colorado River


San Diego County relies heavily on imported water. A majority of that water travels hundreds of miles from the Colorado River before it makes it to our region. The Colorado River faces many challenges as it travels through several states and provides a precious resource to more than 27 million people in the Southwest. The river faces increasing demand, environmental concerns, and potential impacts from climate change, issues that may impact our region's water supply.  


Join us on May 1 to kick off Water Awareness Month at the next quarterly Water Talks forum to learn more about the river, its challenges, and efforts by local water agencies and the Bureau of Reclamation to ensure reliable water deliveries from the river in the future. Co-hosted by the East County Economic Development Council and the San Diego Law Library.


When:   Tuesday, May 1, 5 to 7 p.m.  

Where:  Ronald Reagan Community  Center in El Cajon


Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event, but space is limited and RSVPs are required.  


Visit our website to learn more, including a list of speakers and to RSVP.  

Water Authority Joins the Twitterverse!
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The Water Authority is now on Twitter! The Water Authority is expanding its social media communications with two new Twitter handles. We will be posting general information about water supply, local water issues, and events on @sdcwa. We also are providing greater transparency into the secretive and powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California with @MWDFacts.

Both handles will be updated regularly and provide a great opportunity for you to stay involved from the convenience of your mobile device. Follow us and stay informed on your region's most precious resource!  

Don't Miss Out on San Diego County Garden-Friendly Plant Fairs  
Drought-Tolerant Planting
San Diego County residents interested in making their yards and gardens more attractive and water efficient will have a great opportunity to get information from gardening experts and save as much as 50 percent on select varieties of low-water-use plants at San Diego County Garden-Friendly Plant Fairs this spring at select The Home Depot locations through May 5.

Each plant fair will feature discounts on more than 20 types of shrubs and groundcovers, preselected by a panel of experts as water-efficient for the San Diego region. Industry experts will be available to provide customers with information on local water-efficient irrigation supplies and how to select and plant low-water-use plants. The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host informative how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will also be available to provide customers with information on water conservation programs and services.

For a full list of dates and locations, visit www.watersmartsd.org.  


Have You Visited Our Website?
Tell Us What You Think!


The Water Authority is asking for public feedback about its website (www.sdcwa.org) and social media tools via an online survey. Your feedback will help the Water Authority determine potential changes or enhancements to improve these tools.


The survey takes about five minutes to complete and includes three components: 1) website usability, 2) social media, and 3) demographics. The survey link is available at www.sdcwa.org, or you can take the survey by clicking here. The survey will be active through the end of April. Please pass this survey information on to your colleagues, family, and friends.  


If you have any questions related to the survey please contact Tenille Otero at totero@sdcwa.org.  


Take the survey 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 $186 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.