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all of its water supply “eggs” in one basket.
The disruption of the early 1990s became
the inspiration for a multi-faceted strategy to
increase San Diego County’s water supply re-liability.
We have ramped up our independent
sources of supplies and in 2015, the amount of
water we obtained from MWD dropped to 57
percent of our total supply. That figure is pro-jected
to fall to 26 percent in 2020, then to 18 per-cent
in 2025. MWD supplies are being replaced
by conservation and transfer agreements with
the Imperial Irrigation District transfer (30 per-cent
of projected supplies in 2035), transferring
water conserved by lining sections of the All
American and Coachella Canals (12 percent);
local surface water, recycled water, and ocean
desalinization (seven percent each); ground-water
(four percent) and planned potable reuse
projects (15 percent).
Water conservation has been a major ele-ment.
More than 1.2 million low-flow toilets,
water-saving showerheads, and high-efficiency
clothes washers have been installed countywide
since 1990. Today, the region’s urban potable wa-ter
use is at 143 gallons per capita per day, well
below the state’s mandated 2020 target of 167.
Next came innovations in water supply de-velopment.
After years of negotiations, the Wa-ter
Authority helped secure the largest agricul-ture-
to-urban water transfer in U.S. history as
part of the 2003 Colorado River Quantification
Settlement Agreement. The package of long-term
agreements included transferring up to 280,000
acre-feet of conserved water annually from the
Imperial Valley to San Diego County. Those
high-priority supplies from the Colorado River
have become a cornerstone of the San Diego re-gion’s
water supply and spurred water conserva-tion
efforts and funding in farm country, creating
major benefits in both areas.
The Water Authority also advanced water re-cycling
and reuse by promoting scientific analy-sis
and guidance from technical advisory panels,
securing money to study related issues, conduct-ing
polling to measure public support, and spon-soring
state legislation to speed the adoption of
regulations for potable reuse.
The next major piece of the portfolio is seawater
desalination. The Carlsbad Desalination Project,
the private-public partnership that has resulted
in the nation’s largest and most technologically
advanced seawater desalination plant, is expect-ed
to produce up to 56,000 acre-feet per year of
drought-proof supplies for our service area.
We have also committed to upgrading our in-frastructure
with more than $2 billion in capital
investments. The largest component was rais-ing
the San Vicente Dam to store an addition-al
152,000 acre-feet of water for dry years and
emergencies such as an earthquake that disrupts
imported water deliveries. It was largest single
increase in water storage in the county’s history.
At every turn, the Water Authority had to
address tough issues, answer critical questions,
negotiate hard choices and navigate unforeseen
obstacles. We have learned to embrace change,
take prudent risks, find new partners and over-come
daunting complications. Staying on course
has demanded the continuous commitment of
the entire Water Authority Board of Directors
and staff. It also required the steadfast support of
the region’s civic and business leaders, who first
pressed the agency to craft a better plan more than
two decades ago, then supported the investments
needed to make it a reality. While we don’t know
what new challenges will emerge tomorrow, we
are confident those skills and strategies will en-sure
that our future is as bright as our past. S