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January 21, 2016    
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San Diego Region Posts 18 Percent Water Savings in December
More Than $31 Million Awarded to Water Projects in San Diego Region
Watershed-Wise Landscape Professional Certification Training Available Jan. 25-26
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The State Board's existing emergency regulation focuses only on conservation and eliminates any benefit from investments and innovations in water supply reliability.

"Conservation remains important, but ratepayers have supported and financed water supply projects no less heroically," wrote Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies. "They expect to see their benefits in times of drought."

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San Diego Region Posts 18 Percent Water Savings in December 
 County stays on track to meet state water-use targets through February  
The San Diego region posted an 18 percent decrease in urban potable water use in December and remains on track to meet the state's aggregate regional goal through February, according to preliminary data released by the Water Authority.

Counting December's savings, total regional potable water use has declined by 24 percent since state-mandated emergency water-use targets took effect in June 2015 compared to the state's 2013 baseline period. That exceeds the state's aggregate target of 20 percent for the region.

For more information about drought restrictions and conservation-related incentives, including rain barrel rebates, go to www.whenindrought.org.  
More Than $31 Million Awarded to Water Projects in San Diego Region 
13 projects will boost conservation, habitat,
water recycling and more
The San Diego region has been awarded $31.1 million in grant money by the state Department of Water Resources for a variety of projects that will increase local water supplies, decrease water demands, improve water quality, manage stormwater, restore habitat and enhance species.

The awards announced Jan. 13 are part of the final round of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) grants from voter-approved Proposition 84 (2006). Since 2008, the San Diego region has been awarded more than $89 million in IRWM grants through Propositions 84 and 50.  The newly announced $31.1 million from the state will be paired with other funding sources to advance more than $190 million in projects countywide.

Click here to read the full news release, which details the 13 funded projects.
Watershed-Wise Landscape
Professional Certification Training Available Jan. 25-26 
As part of the grant-funded Sustainable Landscapes Program, a two-day, hands-on training session for landscape industry professionals on watershed-based principles for landscape design and maintenance is scheduled for Jan. 25-26 in San Diego. The training is from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley at 1515 Hotel Circle South. 
A watershed-based approach to landscapes creates multiple benefits including greater water efficiency, onsite rainwater capture and reduced runoff.   Upon successful completion of the training, participants earn an U.S. EPA WaterSense labeled certificate and are listed on the EPA's WaterSense website.

This training is made possible through the Surfrider Foundation, a Sustainable Landscapes Program partner.  Other partners include the Water Authority, City of San Diego, County of San Diego, California American Water and the Association of Compost Producers.

Registration is required.  For cost and additional information, visit bit.ly/23fVUo9.  
The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $218 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.2 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.