News Release Term: Water Use

07.24.2017

Balboa Park is taking water-use efficiency to a new level with a collaboration between the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & ...

06.27.2017

In the wake of one of the most significant droughts in California’s history, public confidence in the reliability of the San Diego region’s water supply has grown ...

06.19.2017

With warm weather expected to continue through the official start of summer on Wednesday, the San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents of simple ...

05.01.2017

With the start of Water Awareness Month today, the San Diego County Water Authority wants to see, and share, what water means to the region’s residents – how they experience it, use it, ...

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...

03.29.2016

The San Diego County Water Authority has launched two new resources to help homeowners and landscape professionals increase water-use efficiency countywide and make

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 ...

08.27.2015

The San Diego County Water Authority is launching the 2015 update of its Urban Water Management Plan, which includes a forecast of water demands and a detailed evaluation of the supplies necessary ...

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 ...

07.20.2015

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 ...

06.01.2015

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 ...

04.14.2015

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 ...

04.09.2015

The San Diego County Water Authority is calling on residents across the region to significantly increase water conservation as it works with state regulators to improve draft water-use regulations ...

04.01.2015

“Today’s call to action by the governor and the record low April snowpack emphasize just how urgent water conservation is for San Diego County and the rest of California. While we are still ...

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 ...

02.24.2015

Residents, businesses and growers across San Diego County can help the region save much-needed water for the next few weeks by turning off their irrigation systems and letting winter storms meet ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

11.04.2014

“We appreciate the State Water Resources Control Board’s efforts to draw attention to water conservation across California with today’s release of residential per capita water-use...

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 ...

10.21.2014

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 ...

09.19.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority and 10 member agencies have teamed with The Home Depot again this fall to offer significant savings on water-efficient plants at San Diego County Garden ...

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...

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 ...

07.15.2014

In response to deepening drought conditions and new statewide directives, the San Diego County Water Authority staff will recommend that the agency’s Board of Directors activate the next ...

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...

03.05.2014

The San Diego County Water Authority and several member agencies have teamed with The Home Depot to offer significant savings at San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs this spring.

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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 ...

02.14.2014

Today – Valentine’s Day – the San Diego County Water Authority kicks off its second annual smartphone photo contest designed to showcase how people cherish the region’s most...

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 ...

11.01.2013

The end of daylight saving time on Sunday offers residents a reminder to assess their outdoor watering needs and adjust their irrigation systems to reduce water waste. Plants simply don’t ...

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 ...

10.18.2013

San Diego County residents now have a versatile and comprehensive resource for indoor and outdoor water conservation available at their fingertips wherever they go.

The San Diego ...

06.04.2013

The San Diego County Water Authority has launched a comprehensive online resource to inspire, educate and empower the region’s residents to make water-efficient lifestyle choices.

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05.02.2013

As temperatures soared to summer-like highs across the San Diego region on Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources’ final survey of the spring confirmed significantly below-...

02.12.2013

The San Diego County Water Authority on Valentine’s Day kicks off a five-week smartphone photo contest designed to showcase how people cherish the region’s most precious natural ...

04.26.2012

Today the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors approved extending a temporary agricultural water rate program through January 1, 2015.  The action provides the region’s...

03.22.2012

The San Diego County Water Authority today launched a Twitter feed, @MWDFacts, to help members of the public get important updates on ...

06.06.2011

The Colorado River Municipal Utilities, consisting of Aurora Water, the Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Metropolitan Water District ...

05.09.2011

The San Diego County Water Authority is inviting public review and comment on the 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP), the agency’s long-range water resources planning tool. ...

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 ...

07.22.2010

Residential and business water use in San Diego County fell 12.8 percent during the first year of regional water shortages and mandatory water use restrictions, according to a report provided today...

03.31.2010

Although spring has arrived with its warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, the San Diego County Water Authority reminds residents and businesses to continue practicing water conservation ...

03.11.2010

San Diego County residents can take advantage of an increased rebate on the purchase of high-efficiency clothes washers (HEW) beginning March 15, the San Diego County Water Authority announced ...

02.18.2010

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to shut down landscape irrigation systems due to a forecast for rain starting Friday evening through Saturday, with ...

02.04.2010

The San Diego County Water Authority is urging residents and businesses to turn off irrigation systems in anticipation of a storm system forecasters expect to move into the region late Friday and ...

01.14.2010

The San Diego County Water Authority is reminding homeowners and businesses to turn off irrigation systems in anticipation of a series of rain storms predicted by the National Weather Service to ...

12.10.2009

The San Diego County Water Authority urges residents and businesses to shut off their irrigation systems and keep them off for at least the next week.

Two more rainstorms are forecast to ...

12.04.2009

With two storms forecast to hit the region starting early next week, the San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents, businesses and public agencies to temporarily shut off their ...

10.22.2009

With a water shortage still gripping the region, the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies are encouraging residents, businesses and public agencies, as well as gardeners and ...

09.17.2009

Several popular rebates for water-saving devices will once again be available to San Diego County residents and businesses starting next week.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, September 21, ...

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 ...

05.18.2009

To help more residents prepare for the start of mandatory water use restrictions in many parts of the region, the San Diego County Water Authority is providing $450,000 to reinstate a water ...

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 ...

04.06.2009

The San Diego County Water Authority is calling on all residents and businesses to turn off irrigation systems immediately to help conserve water during and after rainfall that is forecast for the ...

02.26.2009

With mandatory water conservation growing more likely due to drought and regulatory restrictions, the San Diego County Water Authority is planning to distribute 1.75 million door hangers as a ...

02.04.2009

The San Diego County Water Authority is calling on all residents and businesses to immediately turn off irrigation systems to help conserve water. Rain is forecast for the San Diego region ...

01.21.2009

The San Diego County Water Authority is calling on all residents and businesses to immediately shut off irrigations systems to conserve water. Rain is forecast for the San Diego region beginning as...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

03.14.2008

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 ...

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 ...

01.23.2008

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 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...

10.30.2007

Update: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 30

Water use restrictions have been lifted for Ramona Municipal Water District customers as of 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. The following advisory ...

10.29.2007

Water service has been restored to all residential and commercial meters in the Ramona Municipal Water District, but the community remains under a state Department of Public Health “do not drink...

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 ...

12.21.2006

Homeowners who want to reduce their water use and expense can turn to high-efficiency toilets and a voucher discount worth up to $165 off the price of qualifying models. But they need to act soon. ...

07.15.2006

The San Diego County Water Authority has issued an urgent call for home-owners and businesses throughout San Diego County to curtail all unnecessary water use through the end of next week. This ...

07.12.2006

The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for increased conservation efforts during hot summer weather. Just as we try to conserve electricity to avoid blackouts, residents and ...

06.21.2006

On Monday, a contractor excavating a Water Authority treated water pipeline that serves North County member agencies, found a leak. Ramona Municipal Water District is asking its customers to ...

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 ...

08.31.2005

The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for increased conservation efforts during this current hot spell. Just as we “Flex our Power” to conserve energy, residents and ...

07.28.2005

The results of a recent public opinion survey conducted for the San Diego County Water Authority, shows that many San Diego County residents support the development of local water resources over ...

07.21.2005

The San Diego County Water Authority board members and community and labor representatives cut a ribbon on a 102-inch pipe today to officially begin the largest construction project in Water ...

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 ...

02.18.2005

The Water Authority is tapping common sense and technology to improve water conservation efforts. The Water Authority’s new conservation program, Smart Landscape, enhances the health and beauty ...

10.18.2004

Shorter daylight hours and cooler weather mean lawns and gardens throughout the San Diego region need less water. As San Diegans prepare to set their clocks back Oct. 31, the San Diego County Water...

07.22.2004

Editors Note: The full report on the 2004 Public Opinion Poll is available
2004 Public Opinion Survey Report

10.09.2003

Shorter daylight hours and cooler weather mean lawns and gardens throughout the San Diego region need less water. As San Diegans prepare to set their clocks back Oct. 26, the San Diego County Water...

10.21.2002

Shorter daylight hours mean lawns and gardens throughout the San Diego region need less water. As San Diegans prepare to set their clocks back this weekend, the San Diego County Water Authority and...

08.20.2002

Updated September 10, 2002 - Note: Governor has signed bill.

The California Assembly Committee on Natural Resources yesterday passed Assembly Bill 1561, which will require new water ...

06.18.2002

The San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents and businesses countywide to conserve water during the hot summer months.

"We've found that as temperatures rise, so does water...

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