Officials say increase water conversation immediately

The state’s decision to severely limit water deliveries to Southern California next year means San Diego County residents need to increase conservation efforts immediately, officials said today.

The California Department of Water Resources allocated 15 percent of what water agencies requested for the next year.

“This initial allocation means water supplies statewide are approaching record-low levels,” said Fern Steiner, chair of the San Diego County Water Authority’s board.

“It is likely that next year we will have less water available to meet the needs of San Diego County,” Steiner said. “It is imperative that residents, businesses and public agencies redouble their efforts to reduce water use whenever possible, especially outdoors.”

The allocation announced Wednesday is the second-lowest for Southern California in the history of the State Water Project, said Lester Snow, director of the state Department of Water Resources.

“The uncertainty of precipitation patterns due to global warming and deteriorating conditions in the Delta, California’s main water hub, demand immediate action to enhance our ecosystems and keep our economy productive in the 21st century. The governor has sounded the wake up call and the clock is ticking,” he said.

Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the agency from which San Diego County buys most of its water – said the agency is preparing for the possibility of water shortages and rationing throughout 2009.

“While this low initial State Water Project allocation was anticipated, it still sends a solemn message up and down California – we all must immediately reduce water use to stretch available supplies,” Kightlinger said.

“If the region faces a shortage in 2009, the district has in place an allocation formula that seeks to equitably distribute supplies, while preserving emergency reserves,” he said. “Conservation is an absolute necessity. Using less and being more efficient is the new water reality in Southern California.”

Water supplies have been low this year due to a record-dry spring that decreased runoff from the Sierra Nevada mountains and environmental problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that are restricting the MWD’s ability to pump water.

Related posts:

  1. A welcome compromise on water
  2. Santa Fe Irrigation District tapping into new water source
  3. Desalination plant gets Lands Commission OK
  4. Statewide drought has local impact
  5. Water conservation starts with you

Short URL:

Posted by Pat Sherman on Oct 31, 2008. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6






  • Rancho Santa Fe Library to present Alzheimer’s series
    Taking aim at Alzheimer’s, the county Board of Supervisors in May launched the Alzheimer’s Project, an effort to create a regional strategy to improve caregiver resources and to support research efforts to find better treatments and ultimately, a cure for the disease. […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Invasive Plants and Better Alternatives
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs In California we are lucky to live in a mild climate that allows us to grow amazing landscapes. Because of this mild climate, plants from other parts of the world often thrive; and some grow so well they become known as invasive. These plants ‘jump fences’ and ‘throw seeds.’ Their […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe School District’s robotics program receives new funding
    The Rancho Santa Fe School District is making its school’s robotics program more robust this year, allocating $42,500 in stipends to staff coaches just like the district does for its athletics program. “I think the program has taken a big step,” said Superintendent Lindy Delaney. “I think we’re on our way toward developing a great program there.” John Galipa […]