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July 23, 2015   
In This Issue
Urban Water Use Plummets Approximately 26 Percent Countywide in June
Water Authority Responds to New Bay-Delta Documents
Enhanced WaterSmart Website Offers Easier Access to Conservation Tools
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The Sacramento Bee published an editorial on Sunday, July 19, that praised the Water Authority and the San Diego region for
long-term investments that have prepared us for
drought conditions.


"But there's hope. Just ask San Diego, where, incredibly, the water authority has water to store this year, despite soaring temperatures, almost no groundwater, and less than
half of Sacramento's average annual rainfall."


Click here to read the full editorial.



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Urban Water Use Plummets Approximately 26 Percent
Countywide in June


Urban potable water use in San Diego County declined by approximately 26 percent in June 2015 compared to June 2013, according to preliminary numbers released by the Water Authority. That follows a decrease of 30 percent in May compared to May 2013 -- an accomplishment that was aided by unusually cool and wet weather that month.     




June was the first month in which the State Water Resources Control Board required compliance with conservation targets set for each local water agency. State-mandated targets for Water Authority member agencies are between 12 and 36 percent below 2013 levels. These targets are in effect through February 2016. 


Conserved water in San Diego County can remain in storage for future use, a valuable asset should drought conditions continue into 2016 or beyond.


For information about water-use rules by community, along with details about drought conditions and conservation-related resources, go to whenindrought.org.

Water Authority Responds
to New Bay-Delta Documents


State officials on July 9 recirculated environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix project. Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton issued the following statement in response:


"The future of the Bay-Delta is important to all Californians, as is the strategy that the state adopts to address the Bay-Delta's many costly and complex environmental and water supply challenges. The Water Authority will review the new set of California WaterFix documents and likely provide formal comments in keeping with our longstanding efforts to promote viable and cost-effective solutions in the Bay-Delta.   


"The Water Authority is committed to a Bay-Delta fix and the co-equal goals of improved water reliability and ecosystem restoration. Over the past four years, the Water Authority has conducted one of the most exhaustive Bay Delta Conservation Plan reviews of any water agency in the state, with nearly three dozen public meetings on the topic. Without endorsing any specific project or proposal during this process, our Board of Directors heard from an array of Bay-Delta stakeholders and experts, including Delta community leaders and elected officials, farming interests, state agencies, independent economists, environmental groups and others. In addition, the Water Authority has invited officials with the California Natural Resources Agency to discuss their latest proposal with our Board in coming months.


"As the largest customer of the largest state water contractor, the Water Authority has a great deal at stake in the Bay-Delta. Of critical concern are issues such as who is going to pay for upgrades and how much water will be produced, in line with the Bay-Delta Policy Principles set by the Water Authority Board and the water supply reliability and diversification goals in the Water Authority's 2010 Urban Water Management Plan."


The public comment period for the recirculated draft environmental documents runs through Oct. 30, 2015. 


Note: For letters, presentations and other resources related to the Bay-Delta, go to www.sdcwa.org/bdcp.

Enhanced WaterSmart Website
Offers Easier Access
to Conservation Tools


The Water Authority on Monday released an enhanced version of WaterSmartSD.org, the region's comprehensive online resource for helping residents and businesses make water-efficient choices indoors and outdoors.




Improvements to the site include:

  • Streamlined navigation that minimizes website clicks
  • User-friendly icons on the home page for popular resources such as financial incentives, tools and services, and water-use efficiency classes
  • A prominent tool that allows users to find their local water district
  • A direct link on the home page to current drought information
  • A "Featured News" item that highlights key programs and resources
  • Simplified lists of programs, incentives, resources, services and case studies


Launched in June 2013, WaterSmartSD.org is the online home of the Water Authority's long-term conservation efforts to reduce per capita water use in coordination with its 24 member agencies. It complements the Water Authority's regional "When in Drought" conservation and outreach campaign, designed to respond to severe drought conditions affecting San Diego County.


Go to WaterSmartSD.org for conservation tips and answers to frequently asked questions, along with links to helpful tools such as a water-use calculator, free garden design software, classes and residential landscape design templates.

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 3.2 million residents.