The en:Carlsbad desalination plant and en:Encina Power Station seen across the en:Agua Hedionda Lagoon. - Bovlb photo, courtesy Wikipedia Commons

CARLSBAD DESALINATION PROJECT NAMED ‘FAR WEST DEAL OF THE YEAR’ FOR 2013

Honor from The Bond Buyer magazine recognizes innovative municipal financing Carlsbad Desalination Project Total capital cost: $1.003 billion (includes plant, pipeline, financing costs and Water Authority system modifications) Bond interest rate: 4.78 percent Developer: Poseidon Water Construction contractors: Kiewit Infrastructure West and J.F. Shea Construction Inc. Water deliveries: Expected to begin in 2016 Production: 48,000 to 56,000 More Info »

It came from page 18 of the report. http://www.sdirwmp.org/pdf/SDIRWM_Highlights_Sept2013.pdf

2013 SAN DIEGO INTEGRATED REGIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN SUBMITTED TO STATE

Collaborative effort identifies shared priorities, creates opportunities for grant funds November 4, 2013 – Three local lead agencies, working with a wide range of public and private stakeholders, have completed the 2013 San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and submitted it to the Department of Water Resources for certification. State approval will maintain the More Info »

The end of daylight saving time is a good opportunity to check sprinkler systems to make sure they working as efficiently as possible. Eliminate or minimize wasteful practices such as overspray onto sidewalks, and remember to reduce irrigation times during cooler weather. - All Images courtesy of the Water Authority.

ADJUST IRRIGATION SYSTEMS TO SAVE WATER DURING COOLER MONTHS

End of daylight saving time offers opportunity for conservation Outdoor water conservation Adjust irrigation controllers to cut back on watering days and times. Assess irrigation controllers to make sure they are functioning properly. The devices sometimes default to more frequent schedules than needed. Consider installing a weather-based irrigation controller. Keep fresh batteries in your irrigation More Info »

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WATER AUTHORITY ONE OF SIX ‘PLATINUM’ DRINKING WATER UTILITIES HONORED NATIONWIDE

Agency lauded for promoting good government October 28, 2013 – The San Diego County Water Authority on Monday was one of six public water agencies nationwide to receive a Platinum Award for Utility Excellence from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, or AMWA. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in implementing nationally recognized best practices for More Info »

SAN DIEGO’S WATER SUPPLIES ARE SUFFICIENT FOR 2014

Despite dry weather, no new water-use restrictions are planned Regional water use is down, while independent transfers from the Colorado River are growing and reservoir storage is up. October 24, 2013 – Healthy reservoir storage levels, strong regional water conservation efforts and growing water transfers from the Colorado River mean San Diego County will have More Info »

News from the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 Member Agencies

NEWS FROM THE SAN DIEGO WATER AUTHORITY, OCT 2013

October 2013                                                                                          Issue 47       Dear San, Thank you for participating in the 20-Gallon Challenge, our region’s campaign to reduce water use on average by 20 gallons per person, per day. The challenge began in 2007 as a voluntary campaign to increase conservation and was a response More Info »

COURT DENIES MWD MOTION SEEKING TO EXEMPT ITS RATES FROM PROPOSITION 26

Water Authority Seeks Pre-Trial Decision A San Francisco Superior Court judge rejected an attempt by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to exempt its water rates from a voter-approved measure designed to protect ratepayers from hidden taxes. Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow ruled on September 20 that MWD’s rates for 2013 and 2014 may be subject to More Info »

Legal ruling

WATER AUTHORITY SEEKS PRE-TRIAL DECISION DECLARING MWD’s ‘RATE STRUCTURE INTEGRITY CLAUSE ILLEGAL AND UNENFORCEABLE

MWD uses ‘RSI’ to penalize San Diego County’s water ratepayers tens of millions of dollars annually More information For more information about the Water Authority’s lawsuits against unlawful rates and charges levied by MWD, and to read associated court documents, go towww.sdcwa.org/mwdrate-challenge.  Click here to read Friday’s court document. September 20, 2013 – The San Diego More Info »