Drought Info: On September 24, Sweetwater Authority’s (Authority) Governing Board activated Level 2 of its Drought Response Plan.
Since 2009, the Authority has been in Level 1 of its Drought Response Plan, which called for voluntary conservation. The declaration of Drought Level 2 imposes some mandatory water use restrictions. Measures in Level 2 include the following:
-Customers shall repair major water leaks immediately and minor leaks within 24 hours of discovery.
-Customers are restricted from watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff.
-Customers must limit landscape irrigation to the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. the following morning.
-Customers must turn off ornamental fountains and water features unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
-Customers must use an automatic shut-off nozzle when using a hand-held hose for spraying, vehicle washing, or structure washing.
Governor Jerry Brown officially announced on Friday January 17, 2014 a Drought Emergency for the state of California. Despite the declaration, the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) stated it has adequate supplies for 2014. On Tuesday, July 15, California state officials ordered mandatory water conservation efforts statewide. Fines and restrictions set by the State of California Water Board went into effect on August 1, 2014.
Sweetwater Authority (Authority) customers have done an excellent job at conserving water. The Authority would like to thank its customers for their conservation efforts, please keep up the good work!
For more information related to regional water supplies, please visit the SDCWA website. http://www.sdcwa.org/
Sweetwater Authority’s investments in drought-proof water resources over many decades have provided more flexibility in responding to current water supply conditions. For more information, call the Water Efficiency Helpline at 619-409-6779.
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Do you have a landscape that you are proud of? Why not enter the Ca. Friendly Landscape Contest. You could win a $250.00 gift card.
Click HERE to visit the official site.
Are you interested in a California Friendly Landscape Training Class? Class to be held on October 25, 2014. Click on the flyer for additional details.
Looking for an additional resource to help with landscaping and water management? Check out the e-guide on the following link provided by the San Diego County Water Authority. http://www.watersmartsd.org/
Have you ever wondered how much water your household is consuming? Try this new tool and see the results. http://www.sdcwa.org/water-calculator
Need Help? Please call our Water Efficiency Helpline at (619) 409-6779
You can request a history report of your water usage along with a Free water survey of your property by calling our Water Efficiency line (619) 409-6779.
FREE, Water Efficient Landscape Plans
Sweetwater Authority, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Helix Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Otay Water District, the Water Conservation Garden, and the San Diego County Water Authority's Communications Grant program, acquired the services of four widely known San Diego landscape architects to draw model landscape plans that comport with the state's new Model Landscape Ordinance.
Sweetwater Authority customers are encouraged to use the following professionally drawn, water-efficient landscape plans for single family homes. The Landscapes for San Diego Project produced four exciting landscape plans, each rendered for a model home by well-known San Diego landscape architects. Each architect themed his/her plans to fit common family audiences:
A unique plant selection accompanies each design. Irrigation plans and watering schedules are included. Plant photos and color rendering add information and make these exciting plan packages attractive and user friendly. Have a look at the Plans.
Want to become a Master Composter? Sign for an educational class provided by the city of Chula Vista on composting. Click on the link for more details http://www.ci.chula-vista.ca.us/clean/EnvironmentalServices/composting.asp
How can I save water in my home or multi-family property?
There are simple ways residents can save water in and around the home, for low or no cost.
How can I save water in my business?
Business and commercial customers are encouraged to replace old appliances and fixtures with water-saving equipment. Also, efficiencies with landscape watering can reap significant savings. Click here for tips.
Where can I go to see a California native garden?
Visit the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. Learn how to save water with native plants, efficient gardening practices and irrigation techniques. The Garden is located in Rancho San Diego (within the Sweetwater River watershed). More.
What is graywater?
Graywater is untreated wastewater that has not been contaminated by toilet discharges. Discarded water from bathroom sinks, showers, clothes washing machines, laundry basins are sources of graywater. Graywater does not include kitchen sinks or dishwashers. Graywater is not "recycled water." For more, see our graywater fact sheet , or visit the County of San Diego graywater info page.
|Additional Water Efficiency Resources
|The San Diego County Water Authority is asking residents to adopt a WaterSmart lifestyle. Go here to learn more http://www.watersmartsd.org/.
|The US Enviromental Protection Agency has partnered with water agencies to promote water-efficient products. Click here to learn more http://www.epa.gov/watersense/index.html.