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June 17, 2014  
In This Issue
Carlsbad Desalination Project Featured on CNN
Recent Temperatures Hottest in California History
Free Landscape Makeover Class at the Fair!
Don't Miss Out on the Nifty 50!
H2O Videos
When in Drought
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Carlsbad Desalination Project
Featured on CNN 


The Carlsbad Desalination Project is featured in a new CNN series called "City of Tomorrow," which consists of episodes that focus on different innovations or technologies that are addressing complex challenges around the world. The series showcases several exemplary projects that, if realized in one place, would result in the world's most technologically innovative urban environment. 


The installment about the Carlsbad project summarizes how the plant, pipeline and other improvements related to the project will help enhance water supply reliability for the San Diego region by adding desalinated seawater to the region's supply portfolio.  


To view the segment, go to http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/05/specials/city-of-tomorrow/, scroll to the San Diego tab along the bottom of the screen and click on it.


2014 to Date Hottest in California History   
If you thought that this year has seemed warmer than past years, you were right.  The first five months of 2014 were the hottest on record for California, according to the May U.S. State of the Climate report from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. The state's mean January - May temperature of 55.2 degrees Fahrenheit was five degrees above its 20th century average. The previous record was set in 1934.

San Diego's record-setting mean temperature for the first five months of 2014 of 63.6 degrees Fahrenheit was 3.6 degrees above the average since 1981. The previous temperature record was set 73 years ago.

The high temperatures have exacerbated current drought conditions and reinforce the need for increased water conservation throughout the state. With warmer temperatures on the way, now is the time to make sure your home and business are water-efficient. To learn more about the drought and how you can be WaterSmart, visit our When In Drought web portal.

Water Authority Garden Exhibit
Wins The Most Awards at the
San Diego County Fair
Free Makeover Class and Landscape Consultations
Scheduled for June 22 


If you haven't been to the San Diego County Fair yet, there's still time to see the award-winning landscape exhibit created by the San Diego Horticultural Society and the San Diego County Water Authority. Designed by Kimberly Alexander of Allée Landscape Design, this exhibit offers a contemporary design showing how sustainable practices can be integrated into a residential setting.  


The exhibit  was awarded the Paul Ecke, Sr. Trophy for best overall landscape; the first place Environmental Award for landscapes that benefit the environment; and the American Horticultural Society's Environmental Award as well as 12 others. This haul of honors was the most for any exhibit at this year's fair and set a record for an exhibit by the San Diego Horticultural Society.

Click here to see a short video on the award-winning display.

If you are at the fair on Sunday, June 22 be sure to stop by the garden pavilion stage at 1:30 to learn more about the WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series and have a free consultation with a professional landscape designer. They can provide you with advice about your landscape during one-on-one sessions. Email landscapemakeover@sdcwa.org to reserve a spot, as space is limited. Participants should bring photos of the turf area you would like to upgrade along with notes about conditions such as soil type, drainage and sun exposure.


*Editor's Note -- The June 6 edition of WaterSource contained an incorrect name and photo for the San Diego County Fair exhibit. The WaterSource staff regrets the error.

Updated Nifty 50 Showcases Beautiful, Water-Efficient Plant Choices

The San Diego County Water Authority's newly updated Nifty 50 plant guide highlights plants that are attractive, readily available in local nurseries, non-invasive and easy to maintain. Selected plants typically last for years, fit the scale of residential landscapes and - once established - tolerate drought.


The brochure is periodically updated to reflect changing plant preferences.


Copies of the guide - which features full-color photos of each plant - are available for free at the Water Authority's headquarters in Kearny Mesa and at the offices of its 24 member water agencies. They also are available at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas and the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon. A downloadable electronic version of the guide is at WaterSmartSD.org.


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 $191 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.