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April 9, 2015   
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Proposed State Board Framework
April Plant Fairs
2014 Annual Report
"Stand & Deliver - Rising to the Water Reliability Challenge"

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San Diego County Water Authority

Water Authority Calls for More Equitable  Approach to State Water-Use Regulations  

 Immediate Actions Needed to
Conserve Across the Region


The Water Authority is calling on residents across the region to significantly increase water conservation as it works with state regulators to improve draft water-use regulations released this week. The Water Authority is recommending fixes to ensure that the final regulations don't punish ratepayers who already have conserved, undermine communities that have invested in new supplies, or unnecessarily threaten state and regional economies.


On Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed framework for meeting the statewide 25 percent water savings target announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1. The state board identified specific reduction standards for urban water agencies across California. Under the proposal, the Water Authority's local member water agencies were given water-use reduction targets of 20 percent to 35 percent. Those targets will be very challenging to meet, both for local water agencies and their customers given the region's remarkable record of conservation since 1990. Potable water use in San Diego County was 12 percent lower in 2014 than it was in 1990 despite an increase of more than 700,000 residents and more than an 80 percent increase in gross domestic product.


"The Water Authority strongly supports additional conservation and the governor's goals are laudable - but they haven't been translated yet into proposed regulations that are equitable, protect our economy or advance sensible long-term water policies," said Mark Weston, chair of the Water Authority's Board of Directors. "The Water Authority has met every objective in California's Water Action Plan, which promotes regional self-reliance, and yet the proposed water-use mandates ignore the investments that this region has made to diversify our water supplies and protect our $206 billion economy. The current approach will stifle economic activity and undermine the long-term ability of water agencies to invest in new supplies if ratepayers don't stand to benefit from investments they are asked to make."

Weston was in Sacramento on Wednesday to share his concerns with the governor and other state officials. The Water Authority will file formal comments with the state board by its Monday deadline to encourage a more refined approach to regulating water conservation.


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For more information about the drought, including conservation tips and resources, go to www.whenindrought.org.



April Plant Fairs in San Diego, San Marcos and Chula Vista

San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs feature discounts on more than 20 types of water-efficient plants, selected by a panel of experts for the San Diego region. The April plant fairs are from 8 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

April 11

The Home Depot, 10604 Westview Pkwy, San Diego 

April 18 

The Home Depot, 1320 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista
The Home Depot, 550 San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos


Industry experts will provide customers with information about water-efficient irrigation supplies and how to select and plant low-water-use plants appropriate for the San Diego region. The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host informative how-to workshops, and local retail water agency staff and the Water Authority will also be on hand with information about water conservation programs and services and conservation items to help you eliminate water waste.  Free yard signs will also be available for residents who want to showcase their commitment to saving water.  


More plant fairs are scheduled on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon throughout the spring. To view the full schedule, go to watersmartsd.org/garden-friendly-plant-fairs.

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.