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September 25, 2014  
In This Issue
Mark Weston Elected Chair of Water Authority's Board of Directors
Water Bills Signed by Governor
Fall Plant Fairs Deliever Discounts on Low-Water-Use Plants
Have you posted your #DroughtSelfie?
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Mark Weston Elected Chair of Water Authority's Board of Directors

 Mark Muir chosen as vice chair;
Jim Madaffer becomes secretary



The Water Authority's Board of Directors today elected new officers to lead the agency's Board for the next two years, beginning Oct. 1.


Mark Weston, who represents the city of Poway on the Water Authority's Board, will serve as chair. Mark Muir, representing the San Dieguito Water District, will serve as vice chair. New Secretary Jim Madaffer is a Board representative from the city of San Diego.


Weston replaces Thomas V. Wornham, a retired bank executive, who led the Board for the past two years and was honored at today's meeting for his service during a particularly active period in the Water Authority's history.


The San Diego County Water Authority's 35-member board, representing 24 retail member water agencies, holds its regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month January through October. The November and December meetings have been combined this year on Nov. 20. Board meetings are at the Water Authority's headquarters, 4677 Overland Ave., San Diego. Board documents and webcasts of Board meetings are at www.sdcwa.org.

Click here for more information about the Board officers.    


Water Bills Signed by Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed into law Assembly Bill 2067 authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber and sponsored by the Water Authority, along with complementary legislation by Senator Lois Wolk and a bill addressing drought-resistant landscaping by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez.


AB 2067 and Wolk's Senate Bill 1420 advance state water conservation and supply planning by codifying the consensus recommendations of an independent technical panel for DWR on which the Water Authority's principal water resources specialist Jeff Stephenson serves. Other technical panel members included representatives from retail water suppliers, environmental organizations, the business community and academia.


Weber's bill streamlines the reporting process for urban water suppliers by simplifying how water demand management information is reported. The new law also requires each urban water supplier to submit its 2015 plan to DWR by July 1, 2016, and extends the date by which the department is required to review the plans and report to the Legislature to July 1, 2017.


More information on AB 2067 can be found here.


Wolk's bill requires water agencies' urban water management plans to quantify and report on distribution system water loss. It also requires the agencies to submit the plan, or amendments to the plan, electronically to DWR and include any standardized forms, tables, or displays specified by the department. In addition, SB 1420 allows water-use projections to account for water savings estimated to result from adopted codes, standards, ordinances, or transportation and land use plans.


More information about SB 1420 can be found here.


Gonzalez said her bill, AB 2104, bans homeowners associations from fining California homeowners who replace their lawns with drought-resistant landscaping.


More information about AB 2104 can be found here. 

Fall Fairs Deliver Discounts on
Low-Water-Use Plants

The Water Authority and its member agencies have teamed with The Home Depot again this fall to offer significant savings on water-efficient plants at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs from Chula Vista to Oceanside. In addition, the Water Authority and its member agencies are holding more than a dozen free California Friendly Landscape Training courses this fall to promote WaterSmart landscaping.


More than half of the water used in a typical home is used outdoors. Mandatory water-use restrictions are in effect across San Diego County to save as much water as possible in case serious drought conditions continue into 2015. For more information about drought conditions, go to whenindrought.org.


During the plant fair events, specially marked containers of low-water-use plants such as lavender, bougainvillea, society garlic and rosemary will be discounted at select The Home Depot stores. Industry experts will attend the plant fairs to provide information about water-efficient irrigation supplies and how to select and grow low-water-use plants. The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff will be on-hand with information about water conservation programs and services. In addition, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) representatives will be at the events to highlight programs, services and tools that help save energy and money.


Plant Fairs are 8 a.m. to noon at these locations of The Home Depot:


Sept. 27: 1001 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas

Oct. 4: 298 Fletcher Pkwy., El Cajon

Oct. 11: 1320 Eastlake Pkw.y, Chula Vista
Oct. 18: 3555 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego
Oct. 25: 3838 W. Vista Wy., Oceanside
Oct. 25: 4255 Genesee Ave., San Diego


For more information about the plant fairs, landscape training classes, and incentives such as the WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program, visit WaterSmartSD.org. 

Have you posted your #DroughtSelfie?
Win free food and other prizes
 by posting your photo


Residents across San Diego County can win free food and other prizes by making an important contribution to state and regional water conservation efforts to save water for 2015.


The San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies are distributing 60,000 fridge magnets with conservation tips across the region this fall and asking residents to promote water conservation by taking their own #DroughtSelfie as part of a social media campaign. Prizes have been generously donated by Rubio's, Jack in the Box, Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. in Mission Valley, SeaWorld, Slater's 50/50, The Habit Burger Grill and Woodstock's Pizza.


To request a When in Drought magnet with water-saving tips, send a tweet to the Water Authority @sdcwa or email sdcwa@sdcwa.org


The magnets emphasize the need for everyone in San Diego County to conserve water now that mandatory water-use restrictions are in place. This effort is part of the Water Authority's regional campaign "When in Drought: Save every day, every way." For more information about the drought, including water conservation tips, go to whenindrought.org.   


To be eligible for prizes, participants need to do the following:


1)Follow the Water Authority on Twitter @sdcwa.


2) Post a selfie with the "When in Drought" magnet to their Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram account (or all three) using #DroughtSelfie, and tag @sdcwa using Twitter and Instagram or the San Diego County Water Authority using Facebook.2)   


Participants may also post tips about what they are doing to save water.


During September and October, the Water Authority will give taco coupons to 50 randomly selected people each week who follow the Water Authority on Twitter and post their #DroughtSelfie. The hashtag #DroughtSelfie must be used to win. Participants will also be entered for additional prizes. The contest will run through Oct. 31.


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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.