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February 26, 2015   
In This Issue
Water Authority Sponsors Bill Proposing Expansion of Homeowners' Rights to Conserve Water
Countywide Water Use Shrinks 28 Percent in January
Storms Give Region Another Opportunity to Turn Sprinklers Off
New 'Dear Drought Fighter' Column in U-T San Diego Answers Water Conservation Questions
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Water Authority Sponsors Bill
Proposing Expansion of
Homeowners' Rights to
Conserve Water       

AB 349 would prohibit HOA fines for replacing lawns with synthetic turf to cut residential water use    

A new state Assembly bill, sponsored by the Water Authority, was introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez in mid-February. AB 349 would give homeowners governed by homeowner associations (HOAs) the option to modify their landscapes using synthetic turf to lower water use, subject to design guidelines and criteria established by each HOA.

Landscape irrigation can account for more than half of the average household's water use. AB 349 would help achieve the state's water conservation goal of reducing water use 20 percent by 2020.

To learn more about AB 349, go to Assemblywoman Gonzalez's website.

For information about replacing lawns with artificial turf, incentive programs, conservation tips and more, go to WaterSmartSD.org.

Countywide Water Use Shrinks 28 Percent in January       

Region continues conserving water 

Year-over-year water use in San Diego County declined by nearly 30 percent for the second straight month in January, another sign that residents and businesses are taking additional steps to conserve water and comply with mandatory water-use restrictions during what's shaping up to be a fourth consecutive dry year. The savings occurred despite continued high temperatures and economic growth putting upward pressure on water consumption.

Regional water use dropped by 28 percent in January compared to January 2014 -- a savings of 12,000 acre-feet of water, enough to serve approximately 24,000 typical four-person households for a year.  


The decrease in water use last month followed a 29 percent decrease in year-over-year water use in December.

Savings in January were achieved even though the average daily maximum temperature at Lindbergh Field was 4.3 degrees above average and rainfall was only 21 percent of normal. January was the fifteenth consecutive month of above-average temperatures in San Diego. Last year was the hottest year on record in San Diego County and California (dating back to 1895), and 2012-2014 was the driest three-year period on record for the state.

Go to whenindrought.org for more information about drought conditions.

Storms Give Region Another Opportunity to Turn
Sprinklers Off      

Residents, businesses and growers across San Diego County can help the region save much-needed water for the next few weeks by turning off their irrigation systems and letting winter storms meet their outdoor watering needs.


On Sunday and into Monday, a storm brought a quarter-inch of rain to many parts of the county -- and in some places well over an inch.  Another storm is anticipated to hit the region this weekend.  After rainstorms pass, landscapes do not need to be watered 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.     


Taking a prolonged break from outdoor irrigation starting this week will give the region an opportunity to achieve a third-straight month of year-over-year water-use reductions.    


Go to WaterSmartSD.org for more information and other ways to reduce water use. 

New 'Dear Drought Fighter'
Column in U-T San Diego
Answers Water
Conservation Questions     


The Water Authority and U-T San Diego are partnering again in 2015 to provide timely information about water conservation every Saturday in the Home & Garden section of the newspaper and online. The U-T will publish a question-and-answer column called "Dear Drought Fighter" to help San Diego County residents make the most of limited water supplies.


The short items will feature a range of practical ideas, resources and tools to help cut water use at homes and businesses. Residents who send questions to the Water Authority at droughtfighter@sdcwa.org will be eligible for free water conservation devices and items donated by Water Authority partners. The introductory installment of the series was published in the Feb. 21 print edition and is online at www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/19/dear-drought-fighter-effort-save-water/.

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.