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February 12, 2015   
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MWD May Limit Water Deliveries Due to Drought
Water Authority Partners with Companies to Offer Discounts on Artificial Turf
Spring Plant Fairs Offer Big Discounts on Low-Water-Use Plants
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MWD May Limit Water Deliveries Starting this Summer       

Local investments would reduce impact
of cuts by about half  

In light of continuing drought conditions, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Feb. 9 outlined scenarios that could limit imported water deliveries to the San Diego region starting July 1. The Water Authority purchases about half of its water supplies from MWD.

After a historically dry January and a wet start to February, MWD laid out a range of possible water allocation actions - from no supply restrictions to cutbacks of 5 to 10 percent or more. The range of potential cuts is mainly based on State Water Project delivery scenarios from Northern California in 2015, although Colorado River deliveries and local supplies also are part of the equation.


Two decades of San Diego regional investments in water supply reliability will reduce the impact of any allocations by MWD by about half. Those investments include independent Colorado River water transfers and the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which is expected to start producing 50 million gallons a day of drinking water as soon as fall. San Diego County farmers, residents and businesses also have significantly increased their water efficiency, lowering potable water use in the region by more than 20 percent since 2007. 


For more information about drought conditions, including mandatory water-use restrictions by community, go to whenindrought.org

Water Authority Partners with Companies to Offer Discounts on Artificial Turf     

Pilot program provides 10 percent discount from participating providers    

Residents, businesses and public agencies across the San Diego region can save money on artificial turf and save water at the same time through a pilot program launched by the Water Authority in partnership with artificial turf companies.  



The Artificial Turf Discount Program is part of the agency's drought response effort and is designed to help increase water conservation during what is shaping up to be a fourth consecutive dry year. It offers a 10 percent discount on turf materials and installation from participating retailers. Participating companies currently include Turf Evolutions, EasyTurf, Hellas, Athletic Turf Solutions and Players Turf USA.  


The program is open to residential, commercial and public sector property owners. No application is necessary. Customers can call any of the participating vendors and mention the Water Authority's program.


Discounts offered by artificial turf companies can be combined with a turf removal rebate of $2 per square foot from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to provide substantial savings on both professional and do-it-yourself artificial turf projects. Turf removal rebates are partly funded by the Water Authority through water rates paid to MWD.



For more information about the artificial turf pilot program, click the "Artificial Turf Discounts" button on WaterSmartSD.org.

Spring Plant Fairs Offer
Big Discounts on
Low-Water-Use Plants     

Local water agencies partner with The Home Depot to promote water conservation    

The Water Authority and nearly a dozen local member agencies have teamed with The Home Depot again this spring to offer significant savings on water-efficient plants at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs through May.
Specially marked containers of low-water-use plants such as lavender, bougainvillea, society garlic and rosemary will be discounted during plant fairs at select The Home Depot stores. Industry experts will be at the events 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 water conservation information.
Water Authority member agencies participating in plant fairs are Carlsbad Municipal Water District, city of Escondido, city of Oceanside, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Otay Water District, city of Poway, city of San Diego, San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Sweetwater Authority and Vallecitos Water District. 

To view the full plant fair schedule, click here


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.