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July 1, 2014  
In This Issue
Board Lowers 2015 Budget
New Report Addresses Climate Adaption Actions
Water Conservation Programs in the News
H2O Videos
Sheltered Market Program for Small Businesses
Sheltered Market Program for Small Businesses

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San Diego County Water Authority

Water Authority Board Reduces Capital Spending, Lowers Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Smallest rate increase in decade also approved

The  Water Authority has cut its current two-year budget by $37 million, or 2.5 percent, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce costs, adopt efficiencies and leverage partnerships while maintaining critical programs. It was the first time in at least a decade that money has been de-appropriated during a budget cycle because of savings in its Capital Improvement Program.


During its June meeting, the Board also approved rates and charges for calendar year 2015 that will increase the "all-in" cost of untreated water by 2.9 percent and treated water by 2.6 percent. Increases in the rates paid by the Water Authority's 24 member agencies are among the smallest in the past decade.  They are necessary to cover higher treatment costs from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, pay for the first deliveries from the Carlsbad Desalination Project and support the Water Authority's commitment to water conservation during the statewide drought. In addition, the Board also voted to extend the Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate Program, which protects local farmers by allowing program participants to pay a lower water rate in exchange for a lower level of water supply reliability.


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New Report Addresses Climate Adaptation Actions in San Diego Region



A new report, "San Diego, 2050 Is Calling. How Will We Answer?" outlines a practical, solutions-oriented approach to climate-related issues in the San Diego region, including potential impacts to water supplies.


The report, created by Climate Education Partners and its partner organization, The San Diego Foundation, with funding from the National Science Foundation, connects climate science with local examples and opportunities for leaders to address climate change. Featured leaders include Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton. 


"We recognize that climate change could have substantial impacts on the reliability of our region's water supply, and we have incorporated adaptation strategies into our region's long-term water management plan,"  Stapleton said. 


The report includes many other regional leaders who are addressing climate change. These leaders represent a wide range of organizations in San Diego, including the County of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, San Diego County Farm Bureau, the Navy, CAL FIRE, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, local governments, businesses, and non-profits.


To download the report or learn more, go to sandiego.edu/2050.

Water Authority in the News 

The Water Authority's turf replacement program and WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series classes have garnered some attention in the local media. Now is the time to take out that grass and replace it with a water-efficient landscape!

Check out these recent reports from U-T San Diego and KPBS to find out more about the turf replacement rebate program and other resources available to help you make your landscape WaterSmart.

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.