August 8, 2016
Water Authority Board Authorizes Purchase of Power from Hoover Dam

The Water Authority is seeking to reduce energy costs for water facilities in the region following a decision by the Board of Directors on July 28 to pursue a contract with the Western Area Power Administration for buying power directly from Hoover Dam at wholesale rates.

Under the Water Authority's allocation of power from Western, it could save up to $300,000 a year compared to retail energy prices, helping control costs for the region's water ratepayers. Before that can happen, the Water Authority needs to secure a way for the power to be delivered to water facilities in the region.

Several Contracts Open for Bid

The Water Authority is accepting bids for a landscape maintenance services contract at the Water Authority's headquarters in Kearny Mesa, and a separate contract for construction of a flow control facility in San Marcos. The Water Authority is also inviting bids to procure a trailer-mounted portable generator. Bidders must register on The Network, an online vendor registration and notification system. Registration is free regardless of company size. Those registered have access to solicitation documents that have been posted by the Water Authority and other participating public agencies.  

Did you see?

The Times of San Diego published a commentary by Water Authority Board Chair Mark Weston on Aug. 4 focused on a new campaign to make the most of the region's water supplies regardless of drought conditions. "Live WaterSmart is the Water Authority's resolution to raise awareness about ways to make the most efficient use of water, reinforce positive behaviors and promote available water-savings programs," Weston wrote. 
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Water doesn't have to be a dry subject.

The Water Authority is accepting nominations and applications for the Fall 2016 Citizens Water Academy class. Participants learn how the Water Authority helps protect the region's economy and quality of life through its water supply diversification strategy. The academy includes two weeknight classroom sessions, along with one Saturday classroom session and facilities tour. Classes fill quickly, so apply today!
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