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December 4, 2014  
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Time to Let Mother Nature Do the Watering for a Change
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Time to Let Mother Nature Do the Watering for a Change       

Turn off irrigation systems for up to two weeks following heavy rainfall       


The Water Authority urges residents and businesses to turn off their irrigation systems and leave them off for up to two weeks following a storm that delivered significant rainfall across the region this week. A few rainy days can provide enough water for lawns to survive for weeks without irrigation, and they provide a valuable chance to save stored water supplies for next summer when water reserves will be Sprinkler even more important.


After storms pass, do not begin watering again until the top one to two inches of soil are dry. Lawns that lose their lush green luster will rejuvenate with the next rain.


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Water-Saving Superstar Promotion Winners Honored 
Join the movement to save
every day, every way
From Pine Valley to Poway, from Carlsbad to Chula Vista, people across the San Diego region have changed their lifestyles and their landscapes to help save water as drought conditions continue into a fourth consecutive year. The Water Authority, in partnership with the U-T San Diego, is honoring some of the Water-Saving Superstars who participated in an online promotion by featuring them in videos that highlight their water-saving activities. The videos, which reflect the theme "save every day, every way," are at WheninDrought.org.


Grand prize winners Steve and Susanne Tait of San Diego won two round-trip tickets generously donated by Southwest Airlines for their story about saving up to 80 gallons of water a week by collecting water flushed through their water purifier and using it to irrigate plants. That practice allowed the Taits to turn off some of their irrigation stations -- a big step for water conservation. The Taits also made changes to their landscape through the Water Authority's WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program, which provided a rebate for replacing more than 640 square feet of water-intensive turf grass with landscaping more suited to the region's semi-arid climate.


Water-Saving Superstars - :30-Second Teaser
Water-Saving Superstars 


Other Water-Saving Superstar contest winners are Janet Becker and Sandy Ohman from Cardiff Park HOA in Encinitas, Jesus Calleros from La Mesa, Joshua Dowdell from Oceanside, and Jennifer Gary from San Diego. 


The Water Authority and its 24 member agencies are continuing to thank water savers by providing an opportunity for them to post their water-saving stories at WheninDrought.org. It's a fun way for homeowners, renters, businesses, families, and anyone else to showcase what they've done to conserve.


In addition to Southwest Airlines, the Water Authority thanks promotion sponsors San Diego Zoo Global, Armstrong Garden Centers, Mission Hills Nursery, Walter Andersen Nursery, San Diego State Athletics and Body Beautiful Car Wash. 

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Following @sdcwa on Twitter is a great opportunity to stay current about what the statewide drought means for residents and businesses in San Diego County and what you can do to conserve more water. The Water Authority's Twitter feed also includes the latest regional water news about the agency's projects, programs, meetings, events, legislative issues, conservation tips, and more.


The Water Authority's twitter community includes water agencies, elected officials, media personalities, non-profit organizations, entertainers, and gardeners. You may even see a tweet or two from celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Conan O'Brien, or others who are doing their part to combat historic drought conditions.    

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 $206 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.