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2003 Press Releases

Water Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2003

CONTACT: Ruby Alejandria
(619) 232-2112
rubya@collaborativeservices.biz

City of San Diego Water Department's
Landscape Watering Calculator Wins National Award

San Diego - On April 10, 2003, the City of San Diego Water Department was honored with a 2002 Solutions Award from Public Technology Inc. (PTI) for the Department's web-based Landscape Watering Calculator. The Calculator is an easy-to-access tool designed to help citizens avoid over-watering their landscapes by determining appropriate watering durations and amounts. The Calculator was chosen as a winner in the Environment Category, Large Utility, and representatives of the Water Department were presented with the award at a special ceremony during PTI's annual conference in Miami, FL.

Access to the Calculator is free of charge and is available on the City's website at www.sandiego.gov/water. Since it's creation, more than 34,680 City and County residents have accessed the Calculator. Of those, 9,520 have created watering schedules saving an estimated 571,680 gallons of water per day. Since September 2002, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has carried the Calculator on their website, making this tool available throughout Southern California. Other agencies and organizations from Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Washington, and California have also requested the Calculator's programming codes.

PTI is a non-profit, national organization based in Washington, D.C., that recognizes best practices and technological advancements within local governments through their annual Solutions Awards. This year's judges represented ASC State and Local Solutions, Federal Computer Week Magazine, International City/County Management Assoc., Maryland Municipal IT Directors Assoc., National Academy of Public Administration, the National League of Cities, and Sister Cities International.

The City of San Diego's Water Conservation Program reduces water demand through promoting or providing incentives for the installation of hardware that provides permanent water savings, and by providing services and information to help San Diegans make better decisions about water use. For more information about Water Conservation, visit www.sandiego.gov/water or call (619) 515-3500.