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June 4, 2015   
In This Issue
State Water-Use Reduction Mandates Now in Effect
Water Authority Recommends $1.5 Billion Budget for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017
New Garden Opening at The Water Conservation Garden
2014 Annual Report
"Stand & Deliver - Rising to the Water Reliability Challenge"



 
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San Diego County Water Authority


State Water-Use Reduction Mandates Now in Effect 

Irrigate ornamental landscapes no more than two days a week  

The period for local water agencies to start achieving state-mandated water-use targets started Monday, making it critical for homes and businesses across San Diego County to immediately limit irrigation of ornamental landscapes with potable water to no more than two days a week.

On May 5, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency statewide regulations that set water-use reduction targets for local water agencies from June 1 through February 2016. State mandates require Water Authority member agencies to reduce their water use by 12 to 36 percent compared to their 2013 water-use levels. (Note: A chart showing agency-by-agency targets is at www.sdcwa.org/drought-response.)

To help local water agencies meet these targets and avoid fines, the Water Authority's Board of Directors approved a regional restriction that limits the irrigation of ornamental landscapes with potable water to no more than two days a week. The Water Authority's 24 retail member agencies have the flexibility to set their own watering days and times. Many of them have already done so, while others are in the process.

 

Links to local agency restrictions, state regulations and water-saving tips and other resources are at www.whenindrought.org.

Water Authority Recommends
$1.5 Billion Budget for
Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017

Increase is just 2 percent; agency proposes prudent steps to trip expenses while costs rise
 

The Water Authority's general manager on May 28 recommended a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, up 2 percent from the current two-year budget due largely to higher costs for the purchase and treatment of water.

 

Expenses were held in check by lower spending on the Water Authority's Capital Improvement Program, which decreases by 34 percent in the recommended budget as major projects near or reach completion, and is now at $2.8 billion for the lifetime cost of the projects. In addition, the Water Authority is continuing to streamline the organization through the strategic reduction and reclassification of staff positions following a series of major cost-cutting moves in prior budgets.

  

Water Authority Rates & Budgets Schedule

  • June 9 & 11: Workshops to review recommended budget
  • June 25: Public hearing on rates; Board considers adoption of budget and rates

 

To read the Water Authority's recommended budget, go to www.sdcwa.org/budget

New Garden Opening at The Water Conservation Garden 

 

Celebrate the opening of the Native Habitat Garden at The Water Conservation Garden on June 12.

 

The new garden features designs based on plant communities and contains natural groupings of plants, including oak, woodland, coastal sage scrub and riparian (stream-side) plants arranged as they occur in nature.

 

The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon.  

 

Click here for more information and to register. 

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.