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Optimistic "Beyond Drought" report from water authority

San Diego water use less today than three decades ago

Despite an ongoing drought, the San Diego County Water Authority is boasting in its annual report — released April 21 and titled "Beyond Drought" — that the region's water supply is stable and in excess of current demand, despite mandatory conservation measures remaining in place.

"While some areas of the state suffered serious water supply shortages after four years of drought, the Water Authority and its member agencies had enough water to meet demands," reads a statement from the authority's board of directors accompanying the report.

The authority cites several moves to diversify its supply and move away from reliance on the Los Angeles–based Metropolitan Water District, including shifting a large volume of Colorado River water away from farmland in the Imperial Valley and directing it instead toward San Diego, water recycling, and opening one of the world's largest desalination plants in Carlsbad last year.

Meanwhile, heavy marketing efforts encouraging individuals to take conservation measures have been effective in most parts of the county. All of this, the authority’s report says, has created a situation where the county is now receiving enough excess water to begin filling the San Vicente reservoir in Lakeside, which underwent major construction to raise its dam in recent years.

Overall, water consumption is down a reported 39 percent per capita since 1990, and even with an additional 800,000 residents, San Diego is using less water in total today than it was nearly three decades ago.

Despite the rosy report, California remains largely trapped in an exceptional drought event, and no plans to roll back voluntary or mandatory cutback orders are in place.

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Despite an ongoing drought, the San Diego County Water Authority is boasting in its annual report — released April 21 and titled "Beyond Drought" — that the region's water supply is stable and in excess of current demand, despite mandatory conservation measures remaining in place.

"While some areas of the state suffered serious water supply shortages after four years of drought, the Water Authority and its member agencies had enough water to meet demands," reads a statement from the authority's board of directors accompanying the report.

The authority cites several moves to diversify its supply and move away from reliance on the Los Angeles–based Metropolitan Water District, including shifting a large volume of Colorado River water away from farmland in the Imperial Valley and directing it instead toward San Diego, water recycling, and opening one of the world's largest desalination plants in Carlsbad last year.

Meanwhile, heavy marketing efforts encouraging individuals to take conservation measures have been effective in most parts of the county. All of this, the authority’s report says, has created a situation where the county is now receiving enough excess water to begin filling the San Vicente reservoir in Lakeside, which underwent major construction to raise its dam in recent years.

Overall, water consumption is down a reported 39 percent per capita since 1990, and even with an additional 800,000 residents, San Diego is using less water in total today than it was nearly three decades ago.

Despite the rosy report, California remains largely trapped in an exceptional drought event, and no plans to roll back voluntary or mandatory cutback orders are in place.

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I'm personally tired of having to cut back on my watering, bathing, washing. If we have water available, then I want to enjoy it. Life is too short not to be able to enjoy taking a long hot shower, having a nice green lawn, etc.

I don't want to be in "miser" mode all my life.

April 22, 2016

There's no reason to have lawns anymore. Remove them. They serve no purpose, except being a latrine for neighborhood dogs. And who wants that?

April 23, 2016

A space of lawn among shade trees is low water and lovely.

April 24, 2016

The rosy report won't change anything. Sweetwater Authority built the Reynolds plant in the 1990's. Consumers believed that they were investing in future drought protection. Although SWA did a bang up job providing adequate water, it could not protect its consumers from unnecessary water rationing and ensuing rate hikes that have occurred across San Diego County. Major scrutiny should be focused on the water agencies and delivery system statewide. Just this last February, millions of gallons of imported "treated" MWD water were dumped into "untreated" Lower Otay reservoir in Chula Vista

April 22, 2016

"the region's water supply is stable and in excess ..." but the prices will continue to rise. The more you conserve the more you pay for less.

April 23, 2016

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