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June 24, 2016    
In This Issue
Carlsbad Desalination Project Receives Top Honors for Public-Private Partnership
Water Authority Board Adopts Long-Range Water Management Plan
Water Authority Sets 2017 Rates Near Low End of Projections
Region Ramps Up Water Savings; 12-Month Average of 22 Percent Far Exceeds Goal
Interior Department Announces $30 Million for Water Reuse and Reclamation Projects in California

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The Times of San Diego reported on the annual San Diego County Taxpayers Association Golden Watchdog Awards dinner on June 16, at which the Water Authority and Poisedon Water won the Grand Golden Watchdog.
"The regional water agency and developer earned the honor for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which began producing drinking water in December. Because of the added supply, state water officials eased mandated conservation targets for San Diego-area water districts," the Times reported.
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Carlsbad Desalination Project
Receives Top Honors for 
Public-Private Partnership
San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Honors Poseidon Water and Water Authority for Collaborative Effort
The Carlsbad Desalination Project was recognized for "stretching taxpayer dollars through cooperation between the public and private sectors" by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association at the organization's 21st Annual Golden Watchdog & Fleece Awards held June 16. Poseidon Water and the Water Authority received the Grand Golden Watchdog for the project and the unique collaboration that made it possible.
Poseidon Water CEO Carlos Riva (left), Water Authority Board Vice Chair Mark Muir, Water Authority General Manager Maureen Stapleton join Sempra Energy Regional Vice President Mark Nelson on stage to receive the Grand Golden Watchdog Award.
The Watchdog Awards, including the Grand Golden Watchdog Award, "honor programs that exemplify efficient use of tax dollars."
"Due to this desalination plant and other forward-thinking efforts by the Water Authority, we don't have a dry well here in San Diego County," said Mark Muir, thanking the Taxpayers Association and the region's water ratepayers for their support. "While there may be a drought, we have a sustainable, reliable water supply."
For more information about the Carlsbad project, go to carlsbaddesal.sdcwa.org/.
Water Authority Board Adopts Long-Range Water Management Plan
Strategic actions promote safe and reliable water supplies for decades to come
The Water Authority Board of Directors on June 23 adopted the 2015 Urban Water Management Plan, which identifies strategies for the region to maintain its safe and reliable water supply through the continued development of drought-resilient water resources and a sustained emphasis on water-use efficiency.
Water management plans are important tools for reporting water agencies' planning efforts to meet demands over the next 25 years. They also support state laws that link approval for large developments to water supply availability. By law, the plans must be updated every five years.
The newly adopted management plan, known as the 2015 UWMP, is based on the year when the updating process began. It estimates that future water demands will be about 13 percent lower in 2020 and about 12 percent lower in 2035 compared to projections in the agency's 2010 plan. The reduction is due to changes in demographic and economic projections by SANDAG that were primarily driven by the Great Recession and long-term improvements in water-use efficiency by residents and businesses.
The Final 2015 Urban Water Management Plan is at www.sdcwa.org/uwmp.
Water Authority Sets 2017 Rates
Near Low End of Projections
Strong financial management avoids rate spikes, maintains strong credit ratings
The Water Authority Board of Directors on June 23 adopted rate increases of 6.4 percent for untreated water and 5.9 percent for treated water in 2017, near the low end of projections and similar to the increases in 2016.
Rates adopted by the Board are primarily driven by higher costs from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, though they also incorporate higher costs for drought-proof water supplies from the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. They also were impacted by state-mandated reductions in water use that decreased sales more than earlier projections.
Careful financial management by the Water Authority kept the rate increases near the low end of earlier projections and well below the double-digit increases during the last drought that were driven by steep price hikes from MWD. Higher rate increases also were avoided by successful regional efforts to keep MWD from adopting a new fixed water treatment charge in April that would have disproportionally harmed San Diego County ratepayers.
For more information about the Water Authorty's rates and charges, go to www.sdcwa.org/water-rates-charges.
Region Ramps Up Water Savings;
12-Month Average of 22 Percent
Far Exceeds Goal
Local water conservation rate was 26 percent in May
Preliminary data released by the Water Authority show that from June 2015 through May 2016, the San Diego region reduced its potable water use 22 percent compared to the same months in 2013, significantly surpassing the state's aggregate water-savings target for local water suppliers through a year of state-mandated cutbacks.
WaterSmart landscapes like this one are a major reason for the region's successful efforts to reduce water use.
Despite eased restrictions in place since March, aggregate water use in the region dropped sharply during April and May, which are expected to be the final two months for the region's water suppliers to meet state-mandated savings targets. Compared to 2013, the baseline used in the state's water-use regulation, the region used 26 percent less potable water in May. This follows a 23 percent reduction in April.
From March through May, the region's aggregate cumulative water-savings target was 13 percent - down from 20 percent between June 2015 and February 2016 due to credits for drought-resilient water supplies from the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant.
Under the state's new formula for determining water-use reduction targets, which the State Water Resources Control Board adopted on May 18 following a state assessment of water-supply conditions, the San Diego region won't be subject to state-mandated water-use reductions from June through January 2017.
More information about the region's supply sufficiency calculation is at www.sdcwa.org/region-ramps-water-savings-12-month-average-22-percent-far-exceeds-goal.
Interior Department Announces $30 Million for Water Reuse and Reclamation Projects in California
$13.2 million dedicated to help build drought-resistant water supplies in San Diego County
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor announced June 10 more than $30 million in funding through the Bureau of Reclamation's Title XVI program for seven projects that will provide clean water to California communities and promote water and energy efficiency.  Three of those projects are in the San Diego area.
The City of San Diego was awarded $5 million for the Pure Water San Diego Program; Padre Dam Municipal Water District was awarded $4.5 million for expansion of water recycling facilities; and Sweetwater Authority was awarded $3.7 million for a water reclamation project.  To learn more about these projects, click here.
The Pure Water San Diego project is expected to produce 83 million gallons of purified water per day by 2035. 

The Bureau of Reclamation identifies and investigates opportunities to reclaim and reuse wastewaters and naturally impaired ground and surface water in western states and Hawaii. Title XVI funding is in place for the planning, design, and construction of water recycling and reuse projects, on a project-specific basis.
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.