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October 29, 2013     
In This Issue
"Platinum" Drinking Water Utility Award
Water Supplies Good for 2014
Live a WaterSmart Lifestyle
San Vicente Update
Delay of BDCP
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Water Authority Receives National Award for Utility Excellence

On Monday, the Water Authority was one of six public water agencies nationwide to receive a Platinum Award for Utility Excellence from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, or AMWA. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in implementing nationally recognized best practices for effective utility management.


AMWA noted several steps the Water Authority has taken to promote efficiency and smart use of ratepayer money. "The Water Authority staff has scrutinized each element of the agency to squeeze out inefficiencies and promote good government," said AMWA, which announced the awards at its annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla.  


Based in Washington, D.C., AMWA is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the country. Its members serve more than 130 million Americans from Alaska to Puerto Rico.


Click here for more information on the AMWA Award.  

Despite Dry Weather, Region's
Water Supplies Stable
No water-use restrictions planned in 2014 

Olivenhain Reservoir and Lake Hodges
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 was the assessment Water Authority staff presented to the Board of Directors last week.

The Water Authority will closely monitor winter weather, particularly in the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, where the bulk of the San Diego region's water supplies originate. The National Weather Service is giving equal chances for wet, dry and normal conditions over the next three months. About 75 percent of the state's average annual precipitation falls between November and March.


For more information on our region's water supply, click here

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  Residential Eguide

San Diego County residents now have a free, versatile and comprehensive go-to resource for living a WaterSmart lifestyle.

Earlier this month, the Water Authority launched the "eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle" to inspire, educate, and empower water-efficient choices. This 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.

Now though November 30, everyone who subscribes to receive updates about the Water Authority's new "eGuide" features and related events will be entered into a drawing for a rain barrel valued at more than $150.

The "eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle" covers a wide array of topics, including landscape design, water-efficient plant selection, outdoor room design, soil, smart buys on plumbing features, landscape maintenance and drought survival for gardens. It offers everything from design ideas for creating themed planting zones to strategies for using "graywater" at homes and irrigating efficiently. Features will be added regularly to reflect innovations and other developments.

To find out more about the eGuide and start planning your WaterSmart Lifestyle, click here.


San Vicente Projects Update

San Vicente Dam
The San Vicente Dam Raise project continues to march toward completion, and now the Water Authority is moving forward with a study to evaluate the feasibility of generating hydroelectric power at the reservoir.

The contract for the new marina facilities at San Vicente was recently awarded and construction is set to begin in early 2014. The new and improved marina will include an expanded boat ramp and parking area.

The Water Authority Board has also approved an economic and financial study of a potential pumped storage project at San Vicente Reservoir. The City of San Diego, owners of the reservoir, will also participate in the study, which will evaluate the various components necessary for a pumped storage project such as power purchase terms, licensing requirements, legal issues and economic viability. The Water Authority also has a pumped storage facility at  Lake Hodges.

To learn more about the projects at San Vicente, click here.
State Delays Release of BDCP


The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a joint planning process by state and federal agencies to address the water supply reliability and environmental issues in the Bay-Delta. The recent shutdown of the federal government and associated staff furloughs has delayed the release of the Public Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement to December 13. At that time the draft plan and EIR/EIS will be available for 120 days for public review and comment.    

The Water Authority Board is conducting a thorough review of four plan alternatives.  By early 2014, the Board is expected to consider an official comment letter on the EIR/EIS, and it may also adopt a position on one or more project proposals.  

The Bay-Delta is the hub of the state's water delivery system, providing water for 25 million Californians Bay-Delta
water meets approximately 20 percent of water needs in San Diego County.

To see the schedule and presentations provided to the Board on the BDCP,
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 $188 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.