Peak Period of Capital Improvements Nearing Completion

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Peak Period of
Capital Improvements

Nearing Completion

In addition to diversifying its water supplies and promoting greater water use efficiency, the Water Authority is enhancing the reliability of the region’s water supply by making major improvements to the region’s water delivery, treatment and storage system.

The Water Authority has a $3.5 billion Capital Improvement Program – one of the largest infrastructure programs among urban water agencies in California. A major component of the CIP is the $1.5 billion Emergency Storage Project, a system of interconnected dams, reservoirs, pipelines and other facilities designed to store and move enough water locally to sustain San Diego County for up to six months, in case a disaster cuts off imported water supplies. 

Building this bigger, better system has been under way for more than a decade, and now work is nearing completion. During the year, the Water Authority made significant progress building several of the final components planned for this historic era of major water infrastructure construction. The Water Authority also worked to extend the service life of major pipelines and make the organization’s operations and facilities more efficient through installing solar energy systems. The reliability of the region’s major water delivery system also stood up to an unforeseen, unprecedented regional emergency.

Click on the links below to learn more about these achievements.

San Vicente Dam Raise
Lake Hodges Pumped Storage Project
Aqueduct Protection Program
Solar Facilities
Responding to Emergencies

Investments and Accomplishments
2003 - 2016


2012 Facilities
Master Plan

The San Diego County Water Authority began updating its Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan, the agency’s guiding document for infrastructure development. The updated plan, due out in the spring of 2013, will recommend the projects necessary to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the region through 2035.