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February 5, 2014  
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Drought Conditions Deepen
Trade Your Turf for Water Efficient Landscape
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Drought Conditions Deepen  

Across California

Preliminary State Water Project Allocation Reduced to Zero


The state Department of Water Resources conducted its second snow survey of the season last week and found state snowpack levels had fallen to 12 percent of average, the lowest level on record for this time of year.  As a result, DWR reduced its preliminary estimate of available water deliveries to State Water Project customers from 5 percent down to 0 percent.  (San Diego County typically gets about 20 percent of its water supply from the State Water Project.)


The announcement does not have an immediate impact on San Diego's water supply, because it's not a final allocation.  Storms over the next several months could lead to an increase in available deliveries this year.


However, this unprecedented estimate of no available water from the State Water Project is a serious indication that statewide water supply conditions are worsening, and it makes voluntary conservation measures increasingly important.  The Water Authority and its 24 member agencies have a wide array of programs in place to help homeowners and businesses become more water-efficient.


The Water Authority is continuing to monitor the statewide drought conditions and their impact on the region.  The Water Authority's Board of Directors will be updated on drought and supply conditions later this month and address any additional actions that may be needed, consistent with the Water Authority's Water Shortage and Drought Management Plan.



The Water Authority and its member agencies have been preparing for supply challenges like this for more than 20 years.  The region has adequate supplies for 2014 due to large storage reserves in Southern California, sustained reductions in regional water use, and investments in local water supply diversification, including water transfers that are part of the historic 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement.  

For more information about DWR's announcement, click here.

For more information about regional water supply conditions, click here.

To see a detailed map of drought impacts around the state, visit ACWA's Drought Watch page.   

Additional Funding Now Available for Turf Replacement Program  

Landscape Makeover Series - After


Residents and businesses in the San Diego region may now be eligible for up to $2.50 per square foot in rebates for replacing turf grass with plants more suited to the county's semi-arid climate.


The incentives are one of the many ways that the Water Authority and other water agencies are encouraging practices that make the most of the region's limited water supplies. Other resources include rebates for highly efficient toilets and clothes washers, discounts on climate-appropriate plants and classes designed to teach customers how to install WaterSmart landscapes.


Turf replacement rebates of up to $2.50 per square foot are the result of complementary programs offered by the Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. In December 2012, the Water Authority launched a turf replacement program at $1.50 per square foot for homes and businesses using state and federal grant money. MWD recently resumed a complementary program offering $1 per square foot for turf removal.

The Water Authority and MWD rebates can be added together, though they require separate applications and include some differing requirements. Details about the Water Authority's program, and a link to MWD's program, can be found here.

Click here for more details on the turf replacement programs.

A full list of rebates and resources can be found on our WaterSmart website.

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.