News Release Term: Drought

04.07.2017

“Record-setting precipitation this winter means that the drought is indeed over, and the Water Authority applauds the governor’s decision today to formally end the ...

01.26.2017

Record-setting winter precipitation in the Northern Sierra, coupled with heavy local rainfall and a significant snowpack

09.30.2016

As the 2016 water year comes to a close today, San Diego County Water Authority officials said that the region’s projected water supplies will be sufficient to meet demand in 2017 and beyond, but...

03.18.2016

Preliminary data released today by the San Diego County Water Authority show that the region reduced potable water use by 21 percent from June through February, outperforming the state’s ...

03.10.2016

State regulators have certified the supply of potable water from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant as drought-resilient, reducing the regional impacts of emergency water-use ...

03.09.2016

As part of the regional effort to reduce water waste, the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are again partnering with the local chapter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling ...

02.10.2016

As the days get longer, the San Diego County Water Authority and 11 member agencies once again are partnering with several local The Home Depot stores to offer discounts on water-efficient plants ...

02.05.2016

The San Diego County Water Authority is working with state regulators to certify the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant as a drought-resilient local supply source that will reduce ...

01.27.2016

The San Diego County Water Authority and member agencies will hold a series of free classes starting in February that teach homeowners steps to designing and implementing successful <...

01.14.2016

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 ...

01.13.2016

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 ...

12.10.2015

San Diego County continued its streak of significant water savings in November, when urban potable water use decreased by 15 percent compared to November 2013, according to preliminary data ...

11.18.2015

Urban potable water use in the San Diego region decreased by 19 percent in October compared to October 2013 despite record-setting heat, according to preliminary data released today by the San ...

10.13.2015

The San Diego region recorded its fourth consecutive month of significant water-use reductions since state mandates started in June, decreasing urban potable water use by 26 percent in September ...

10.01.2015

Despite strong El Niño conditions that could generate above-average rainfall in Southern California, the San Diego ...

09.15.2015

Over the first three months of state-mandated savings, the San Diego region reduced urban potable water use by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2013, beating the regional aggregate target ...

09.04.2015

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority that prohibits common ...

08.13.2015

Urban potable water use in San Diego County fell by approximately 32 percent in July 2015 compared to July 2013, according to preliminary numbers released today by the San Diego County Water ...

07.21.2015

The San Diego County Water Authority on Tuesday released an enhanced version of WaterSmartSD.org, the region's comprehensive ...

07.20.2015

A record-breaking tropical rainstorm over the weekend has triggered state and local requirements to turn off irrigation systems. By state law, it’s illegal to irrigate landscapes during ...

07.16.2015

Urban potable water use in San Diego County declined by approximately 26 percent in June 2015 compared to June 2013, according to preliminary numbers released by the San Diego County Water ...

06.30.2015

A thunderstorm soaking many parts of San Diego County this afternoon means residents and businesses must turn off their irrigation systems for at least 48 hours after the rain ends. By state law, ...

06.18.2015

You might not be able to check scuba diving in Tonga off your bucket list this summer, but you can save water with stylish blue buckets offered by the San Diego County Water Authority as part of ...

06.16.2015

Construction crews are starting the process to repair a faulty connection between two large-diameter water pipes in San Marcos after a leaky pipe coupling was discovered this morning.

The...

06.01.2015

The period for local water agencies to start achieving state-mandated water-use targets starts today, making it critical for homes and businesses across San Diego County to immediately limit ...

05.28.2015

The San Diego County Water Authority’s general manager on Thursday recommended a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, up 2 percent from the current two-year budget due largely to ...

05.14.2015

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors today acted to help local water agencies meet state mandated water-use reduction targets by restricting irrigation of ornamental ...

05.13.2015

A storm expected to douse San Diego County on Thursday and Friday offers a big opportunity to conserve large volumes of water by turning off irrigation systems before the rain hits and leaving them...

05.07.2015

New regional drought-response measures recommended by the San Diego County Water Authority’s staff would assist local water agencies in meeting state mandated water-use reduction targets by ...

05.06.2015

“The San Diego County Water Authority appreciates efforts by the State Water Resources Control Board to significantly reduce water use statewide in response to the governor’s executive order ...

05.01.2015

The San Diego County Water Authority and its partners are holding two free water conservation workshops for landscapers, nursery industry professionals, master gardeners, public agency facilities ...

04.28.2015

As part of the regional response to severe drought conditions, the San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have teamed up to streamline the rebate process for ...

04.23.2015

The vast majority of San Diego County residents – 84 percent – support the region’s water supply diversification strategy, according to the San Diego County Water Authority’s most recent ...

04.14.2015

Facing unprecedented drought conditions, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board of directors on Tuesday approved a 15 percent water supply cutback to the San Diego ...

03.18.2015

“The San Diego County Water Authority strongly supports Tuesday’s efforts by the State Water Resources Control Board to respond to severe statewide drought conditions and preserve remaining ...

02.19.2015

Year-over-year water use in San Diego County declined by nearly 30 percent for the second straight month in January, another sign that the residents and businesses are taking additional steps to ...

02.04.2015

Residents, businesses and public agencies across the San Diego region can save money on artificial turf and save water at the same time through a pilot program launched by the San Diego County ...

01.29.2015

With water issues continuing to dominate the news, the San Diego County Water Authority is accepting applications for a unique program that allows future and emerging civic leaders to learn more ...

01.15.2015

Water use in the San Diego region plummeted by 29 percent in December 2014 compared to the same month a year earlier, evidence that many residents, businesses and farmers turned off their ...

01.08.2015

After a successful run of more than two years, the San Diego County Water Authority’s turf replacement incentive program has stopped accepting applications because grant funds for the initiative ...

12.30.2014

A storm expected to drop rain and snow across San Diego County today and tomorrow should make it easy to start 2015 by saving water – a great New Year’s resolution for everyone in the ...

12.02.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority urges residents and businesses to turn off their irrigation systems and leave them off for up to two weeks following a storm that is expected to deliver ...

11.14.2014

Driven by extremely high temperatures, potable water use in San Diego County rose 6 percent in October 2014 compared to October 2013.  The year-over-year increase follows water use decreases ...

11.10.2014

The San Diego region has been awarded more than $15 million in fast-tracked funding by the state Department of Water Resources for a variety of projects aimed at increasing local water supplies and...

11.05.2014

“We salute the residents of San Diego County for their strong and enduring commitment to a safe and reliable water supply as shown by their support for the state water bond – ...

10.31.2014

Water waste is scary – and not just on Halloween. San Diego County residents can fight the specter of statewide drought by reducing outdoor irrigation now that nights are longer and ...

10.23.2014

San Diego Zoo Global and the San Diego County Water Authority today announced new outreach efforts at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to encourage water conservation as statewide ...

10.21.2014

Residents and businesses can show their commitment to water conservation during serious statewide drought conditions with new items offered for free by the San Diego County Water Authority. The ...

10.16.2014

Water use in San Diego County dropped 4 percent in September 2014 compared to September 2013 even though temperatures last month were higher than average and far higher than they were the prior ...

10.15.2014

San Diego County residents can enter the Water-Saving Superstar promotion for a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines beginning Wednesday, Oct. 15. U-T San Diego, in ...

10.02.2014

In conjunction with the 10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week, the San Diego County Water Authority and leading restaurant industry associations are distributing thousands ...

10.01.2014

At the start of the 2015 “water year,” the largest seawater desalination project in the Western Hemisphere is 65 percent complete and on schedule for delivering drought-proof water ...

09.11.2014

Water use in San Diego County dropped 6 percent in August 2014 compared to August 2013 even though temperatures last month were warmer than average – another sign that water conservation ...

09.02.2014

College students across San Diego County can win free food and other prizes while contributing to regional water conservation efforts as the fall semester gets under way. The San Diego County Water...

08.14.2014

With mandatory water-use restrictions now in effect, the San Diego County Water Authority will ramp up its water conservation campaign by making information more accessible online, expanding ...

07.24.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously activated the next stage of the region’s drought response plan and declared a Drought Alert condition ...

07.16.2014

The largest water storage project in San Diego County history is complete, providing the region with a critical hedge against future water shortages.

The San Vicente Dam Raise project adds ...

06.24.2014

Looking for the perfect groundcover? Need to replace a shrub or tree?

The new Nifty 50 brochure has you covered. One of the region’s most popular WaterSmart plant guides, Nifty 50 has...

06.05.2014

As San Diego County heads into summer and the peak season for water use, regional water-saving programs are growing thanks to two pieces of good news – a $1 increase in the amount offered per...

02.27.2014

Heavy rains expected across the San Diego region over the next few days will allow residents and businesses to turn off their sprinkler systems for at least a week, saving a large volume of ...

02.21.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority and U-T San Diego are partnering to provide timely advice about water conservation every Saturday in the Home & Garden section of the newspaper. Starting on...

02.19.2014

"We applaud the rapid response and leadership demonstrated by California's leaders today – Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Steinberg and Speaker Pérez

02.13.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously called upon the region’s residents, businesses and institutions to increase water conservation efforts ...

02.10.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors is accelerating its schedule to address unprecedented drought conditions in California. The Board will consider urging increased ...

01.17.2014

Despite a statewide drought declaration on Friday, the San Diego County Water Authority has adequate supplies for 2014 because of local investments in diverse and more reliable water supplies ...

10.24.2013

Healthy reservoir storage levels, strong regional water conservation efforts and growing water transfers from the Colorado River mean San Diego County will have sufficient water supplies for ...

08.16.2013

An unprecedented reduction in reservoir releases on the Colorado River announced Friday by the Bureau of Reclamation won’t cut water supplies to agencies in San Diego County or the rest of...

04.28.2011

Significant improvements in this year’s weather and water storage led the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today to end mandatory urban and agricultural water supply ...

04.12.2011

The following statement by Michael T. Hogan, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors, is in response to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board ...

07.23.2009

Cooler weather and residents and businesses heeding calls for increased water conservation led to a significant drop in region wide water use during the first half of this year, the San Diego ...

04.23.2009

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors, responding to reduced water supplies caused by regulatory restrictions on water deliveries from Northern California, lingering drought, and ...

04.14.2009

In response to continuing drought conditions and regulatory restrictions on water supplies from Northern California, water supply deliveries from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern ...

02.27.2009

The chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today applauded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to proclaim a state of emergency due to drought conditions and ...

02.20.2009

The chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors said today’s state Department of Water Resources announcement that State Water Project deliveries will not increase despite ...

01.30.2009

In the wake of a well-below-normal statewide snow survey this week, the chair of the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today urged residents and businesses around the region to be...

12.15.2008

A statement from Maureen Stapleton, General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s new biological opinion on Delta smelt that will guide operations of the ...

12.11.2008

National Weather Service forecasters predict rainfall for the San Diego region beginning Saturday, December 13 through Wednesday, December 17. The San Diego County Water Authority is urging ...

11.24.2008

National Weather Service forecasters predict rainfall for the San Diego region starting as early as Tuesday and potentially through the weekend. The San Diego County Water Authority is urging ...

11.04.2008

With the first measurable rainfall of the season hitting many parts of the region today, the San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents, businesses and public agencies to temporarily ...

10.30.2008

The San Diego County Water Authority intensified its call for immediate water conservation following the state Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) October 30 announcement to limit water ...

09.25.2008

The fall season brings cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. It also means lawns and gardens require less water.

As part of its ongoing campaign to reduce water use in the ...

06.26.2008

Faced with additional costs sparked by growing water supply challenges, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today approved an 11.9 percent increase in wholesale treated water ...

06.04.2008

Officials from the San Diego County Water Authority said today that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's drought declaration sends a "loud and clear" signal to the region's residents and businesses ...

05.01.2008

Faced with significant cuts in water supplies from Northern California for the foreseeable future and diminishing levels of water storage around California, the San Diego County Water Authority on ...

03.28.2008

Seeking to provide consistency in how its 24 retail member agencies respond to times of limited water supplies, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors approved releasing a draft ...

03.27.2008

Faced with court-ordered cutbacks in water deliveries from Northern California and lingering effects of dry conditions locally and around the West, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of ...

03.20.2008

Spring arrives today. At this time of year, homeowners begin preparing for summer by planting flowers and fertilizing lawns. Traditionally, the San Diego County Water Authority issues a reminder as...

02.20.2008

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by keeping their outdoor watering systems turned off as several storms move through the ...

02.14.2008

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by turning off their outdoor watering systems and keeping them off. Water Authority ...

01.24.2008

SAN DIEGO—The board of directors of the San Diego County Water Authority today approved terms for an agreement with the Semitropic-Rosamond Water Bank Authority (SRWBA) to store between 60,000 ...

01.23.2008

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by turning off their outdoor watering systems today in advance of several storms moving ...

01.03.2008

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by turning off their outdoor watering systems today in advance of three storm systems ...

12.18.2007

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by turning off their outdoor watering systems today in advance of two storm systems moving ...

12.06.2007

The San Diego County Water Authority Board today officially approved implementing Stage 2 of the region's Drought Management Plan, "supply enhancement," to address water supply challenges facing ...

12.06.2007

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to help the region conserve water by turning off their outdoor watering systems today and leaving them off for at least the ...

11.02.2007

The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler. In the autumn, lawns and gardens throughout the San Diego region need less water. As San Diegans prepare to set their clocks back Sunday, Nov. 4...

09.19.2007

The San Diego County Water Authority today launched www.20gallonchallenge.com, a Web site dedicated to supporting the region's "20-Gallon Challenge" ...

08.07.2007

Motivating more homeowners and businesses to install low-water-use landscapes, expanding incentives for purchasing "smart" irrigation controllers and other water-saving devices, and reducing ...

06.28.2007

The San Diego County Water Authority today urged residents around the region to reduce their water use by 20 gallons a day per person so the region can store more water for 2008. This call is in ...

02.22.2007

The newest public opinion survey conducted for the San Diego County Water Authority shows that increasing numbers of San Diego County residents are ready for drought-tolerant landscapes for their ...

03.23.2006

The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors today reviewed a draft of a drought management plan designed to protect the region’s $150 billion economy and the quality of life of 3 ...

10.24.2005

The days are getting shorter and the weather cooler.  Shorter days mean shorter watering times.  In the autumn, lawns and gardens throughout the San Diego region need less water. As San ...

03.23.2005

Spring has arrived and daylight savings time is just ahead. Despite all the rain this season, the San Diego County Water Authority reminds county residents that we live in a desert where water ...

09.26.2002

The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors approved the development and implementation of a Conservation Awareness Information Campaign at the regularly scheduled meeting today. The ...

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