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November 26, 2013 
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Master Plan and Climate Action Plan Released
Intitial State Water Allocation at 5 Percent
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Long-Term Water Facilities and Climate Action Plans Released for Public Review 
San Vicente Dam

The Water Authority's draft water facilities master plan and Climate Action Plan have been released for public review, along with an environmental analysis of the two long-range plans. A public hearing on the documents will be held on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Water Authority headquarters in Kearny Mesa.  


The documents provide strategic direction through 2035 for future capital projects and responding to climate change. As part of the agency's ongoing effort to adapt to changing projections in water demand and control expenses, the Water Authority is proposing to defer two planned projects, providing a cost savings of $653 million through 2025. In addition, recent Water Authority investments will allow the agency to achieve the state's goal for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.


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Department of Water Resources Announces First Water Supply  

Estimate for 2014  

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The State Department of Water Resources has announced an initial allocation of 5 percent of requested deliveries for 2014. This amount is a conservative estimate of what DWR thinks it can deliver to public water agencies that contract for State Water Project deliveries.

The initial amount is low because it is made before the wettest period of the year. On average, half of California's precipitation occurs between October and February. Low reservoir levels statewide also contribute to the estimate. DWR will update the allocation based on winter storms and snowpack accumulation.

Despite the state's low projections, the San Diego region's water supplies are adequate for 2014 thanks to healthy regional reservoir storage levels, local conservation efforts and our region's independent water supplies from the Colorado River. For more information about regional water supplies, click here.

For more information about DWR's initial allocation, click here.
WaterSmart Landscape Program for Large Commercial Sites
Accepting Applications

The Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric are jointly sponsoring a new energy- and water-efficiency program to improve landscape irrigation for large commercial properties of about four acres.  Co-funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Department of Water Resources, the "WaterSmart Landscape Efficiency Program" will provide water management services -- including leak detection and pressure regulation -- to an estimated 20 sites. 

The program targets sites that are serviced by dedicated landscape water meters. Participating contractors will manage landscape irrigation with a goal of reducing water use by at least 20 percent. 

The California Landscape Contractors Association is administering the program.  Membership in CLCA is not required for participation.  Interested parties may submit an application to CLCA Project Manager David Silva at davidsilva@clca.org by December 6.

For more information, 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.