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August 6, 2015   
In This Issue
Judge Rejects Enviornmental Group's Legal Challenge to Water Authority Plans
Help Trees Survive the Drought
Apply for the Citizens Water Academy
Learn How to Transform a Yard into a Beautiful, Water-Saving Landscape
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Wired published an article on Monday, Aug. 3, that highlighted the Water Authority and the San Diego region for
investing in the largest desalination plant in
the United States.


"But now, with snowpacks at zero percent and reservoirs looking more like puddles, engineers in San Diego are preparing to hook up a new $1 billion desalinization plant that will provide enough water for 300,000 thirsty people each day."


Click here to read the full article.

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Judge Rejects Environmental Group's Legal Challenge to Water Authority Plans

Ruling supports the Water Authority's long-term efforts to provide safe, reliable water supplies 

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Pollack has rejected all objections raised by San Diego Coastkeeper to the Water Authority's 2014 adoption of its Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update and Climate Action Plan, finding the Water Authority followed all applicable laws and procedures when the agency adopted them last year.

The Water Authority conducted more than 20 public workshops, meetings and hearings about its long-term planning documents in meetings with its Water Planning Committee and Board of Directors before their adoption in March 2014. 

For more information about the Superior Court ruling and the Water Authority's facilities plan update, click here.

Help Trees Survive the Drought


Trees improve air and water quality, provide shade and keep homes cooler. Try to give trees irrigation priority when cutting back on landscape watering since lawns and shrubs can be removed and replaced more easily.

Check with your local water agency on how you can irrigate trees without violating current water-use restrictions. In general, here's how to keep trees healthy: 
  • Deeply and slowly water mature trees 1-2 times per month.
  • Water young trees 2-4 times per week with about 5 gallons of water.
  • Do not over-prune trees during the drought.
  • Use mulch to help retain moisture.

For more information about proper tree care, click here.

Applications for Next Citizens Water Academy Due Sept. 4       

As the drought and water issues continue to dominate the news, the Water Authority is pleased to announce it is  accepting applications for a unique program that provides  future and emerging civic leaders an educational, inside look into the Water Authority's efforts to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the San Diego region.

Citizens Water Academy participants learn about how the Water Authority helps protect the region's economy and quality of life through its water diversification strategy; water supply, drought, and facilities plans; and facilities operations and maintenance. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with Water Authority executives and tour world-class water facilities.


The deadline to apply for the next session of the Citizens Water Academy is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. The session dates for the fall class are:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, Sept. 23; 5 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: Thursday, Oct. 1; 5 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Session 3: Saturday, Oct. 10; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (includes tour)

Applicants must be able to commit to attend all three sessions. The selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed.


For more information, to apply or nominate someone for the academy, or view photos of past classes, go to www.sdcwa.org/citizens-water-academy.  


Note: The Water Authority keeps an interest list for future academies. Those who are interested, but cannot attend in the fall, can ask to be notified when future class dates are announced by emailing wateracademy@sdcwa.org. 

Learn How to Transform a Yard into a Beautiful, Water-Saving Landscape

Sign up for the free WaterSmart
Landscape Makeover Series 

Taught by local landscape and irrigation industry professionals, this award-wining series of four workshops teaches participants how to:
  • Convert a turf area to a water-efficient landscape
  • Select plants that will thrive in San Diego's Mediterranean climate
  • Analyze a yard, identify the soil, remove turf and irrigate efficiently
  • Create professional landscape, planting and irrigation designs ready for installation


Space is limited, and qualified applications will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are still available in the following classes:

  •  Chula Vista Civic Center - Thursdays 5:30-8:30 p.m. - 9/24, 10/8, 10/22 and 11/5
  • MiraCosta College Oceanside - Saturdays 1-4 p.m. - 9/26, 10/10, 10/24 and 11/7
Go to landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org for more information and to sign up. 

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.