October 5, 2016
Mark Muir, who became Water Authority Board chair Oct. 1, discussed weather and water supply conditions at a news briefing on Sept. 30.
San Diego County Water Supplies Sufficient to Meet Demands in 2017 and Beyond
As the 2016 water year ended Sept. 30, Water Authority officials said the region's projected water supplies will be sufficient to meet demand in 2017 and beyond, but continued water-use efficiency remains essential to help the region manage those supplies amid an uncertain outlook for rain and snow this winter.

The Water Authority also announced that regional water savings stayed strong during the summer. From June through August, urban potable water use in San Diego County was 18 percent below the same period in 2013 even though state-mandated emergency water-use reductions were lifted in June and average daily maximum temperatures were 2 degrees above normal.

Make your Property Firewise

October is Fire Prevention Month, and it's a good time to make sure your home and family are prepared. CAL FIRE requires homeowners to maintain a 100-foot-wide defensible space around their homes. Defensible space is a front-line defense against wildfire and can dramatically increase the chance of homes surviving. To create defensible space remove dead plants from the yard, roof and rain gutters within 30 feet of the home. Cut or mow grass to 4 inches or less to reduce fuel within 100 feet of the home.

To view a list of plants that are Firewise and water efficient, go to watersmartsdlandscaping.org and select the Plants tab and then click Helpful Plant Lists.   

Did you see?

Encinitas Patch published an article about the election of Encinitas Councilman Mark Muir as chair of the Water Authority Board. Muir's two-year term began Oct. 1.

"Looking ahead, we will be focused on ensuring the long-term water supply reliability of the region through supporting local supply development, advocating for balanced state water-use regulations that account for local supply and demand conditions, and promoting water-use efficiency at homes and businesses through our Live WaterSmart campaign," Muir said.

Click here to read more.
Live WaterSmart! Get a Free WaterSmart Checkup

Homeowners can request a no-obligation assessment to help them identify potential water-saving measures. WaterSmart Checkups include free, site-specific water-saving recommendations from certified irrigation professionals. Single-family home checkups include indoor and outdoor assessments.
Click here for more information and to schedule a free WaterSmart Checkup.