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August 13, 2015   
In This Issue
Urban Water Use Dropped 32 Percent Countywide in July
Water Authority Participates in Drought Discussions with Governor
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The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article on Tuesday, Aug. 11, covering a meeting between the governor, Water Authority staff and other local leaders.

The governor "is committed to a long-term solution on water reliability for the state of California," said Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton. "And we're so appreciative of him recognizing the investments that San Diego has made, and the leadership role we have taken in conservation and in water diversification."

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San Diego County Water Authority

Urban Water Use Dropped 32 Percent
Countywide in July

Third consecutive month of big savings aided by rainstorm that reduced irrigation 

Urban potable water use in San Diego County fell by approximately 32 percent in July 2015 compared to July 2013, according to preliminary numbers released today by the Water Authority. That follows a decrease of 26 percent in June compared to June 2013 and a 30 percent decline in May.

July was the second 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; the countywide average target is 20 percent.

Record rainfall from a tropical storm in July gave a boost to water-saving efforts already under way across the region as residents and businesses complied with state mandates not to irrigate during rainstorms or for 48 hours after receiving measurable rain. The net result was the lowest July water use for the region since at least 1975.

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 www.whenindrought.org

Water Authority Discusses Drought with Governor, State Officials 


Water Authority's Board Chair Mark Weston and General Manager Maureen Stapleton met with Governor Jerry Brown and local leaders on Tuesday to discuss the drought and future water supplies for the region. The Water Authority asked the governor to adjust state water-use mandates to account for new water supply sources such as the Carlsbad Desalination Project.

Water Authority staff also participated in the Governor's Drought Task Force meeting on Wednesday to share local drought response actions.

To view the 10News video, click here.
In both meetings, the governor praised the San Diego region for conserving water.

For more information about drought conditions and water conservation tips, go to www.whenindrought.org.

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.