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Water Reuse Study E-Update - April 2005

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The Water Reuse Study team has created this "E-Update" to bring you up-to-date on Study activities and provide news about the recycled water industry. Each issue will be posted on this website. We are sending e-mail announcements of new issues to persons who have expressed an interest in the Study. If you did not receive an e-mail announcement and would like to, please join our news group. If you did receive an announcement about this issue, you are automatically in the news group.

If you are new to the Water Reuse Study, the Study Overview will provide helpful background information. The Frequently Asked Questions section contains additional material that also may be of interest.

Impact of Rain on Reservoir Levels

San Diego has recently experienced the third wettest season in its history - 21.76 inches of rain have fallen this year, which is 11.5 inches more than average. What does this rainfall mean for our local water reservoirs?

Below is a table showing how full each of San Diego's reservoirs are as of March 30, 2005. Updated levels can be seen at http://www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/levels.shtml.

Reservoir Percent Full
Barrett74.3
El Capitan67.8
Hodges100.0
Miramar82.0
Morena26.2
Murray73.0
Lower Otay99.0
San Vicente89.7
Sutherland66.6

While it is good news that our reservoirs are enjoying higher levels than they have in the recent past, this by no means indicates an end to drought conditions. San Diego still relies on imported water for 80-90% of its total water needs, and drought conditions remain in Colorado, where our water comes from.

American Assembly Participants Meet with Local Media

A several of American Assembly participants will join the Water Reuse Study 2005 public involvement team in efforts to reach out to local media. Recognizing that community newspapers are the front line for community contact, interviews with reporters and editors from community papers will help to fulfill the City Council's directive to reach deep into our communities for input on the Water Reuse Study.

The first of these interviews was held last month with Dan Munoz, editor of La Prensa newspaper. Led by American Assembly participant Jose Lopez and the City's Water Department Deputy Director Marsi Steirer, Mr. Munoz proved well informed on water related issues. Under his leadership, the respected La Prensa has reported consistently and in-depth on water issues.

Interviews with additional community newspapers are scheduled for April 2005.

Stakeholder Interviews Provide Further Input on Recycled Water Options

The Water Reuse Study public involvement team is in the midst of conducting interviews with a several of stakeholders, including business and civic groups, minority organizations, environmental interests and others. The stakeholder interviews provide an opportunity to meet with smaller groups of people to listen to their views on the various options for increasing the use of recycled water and the criteria being used to evaluate the options.

These interviews complement other public involvement activities, such as the speakers bureau, online survey and American Assembly workshops. They provide the Water Reuse Study team with an additional means for gaining valuable input on the Study and ensuring that a wide variety of stakeholders are reached.

In the News

News Articles of Interest - a chronological compilation with links to articles, materials and information about recycled water and related topics. Recent additions include:

Be sure to visit these and other areas of our website

  • Speakers Bureau information - how to contact the Study team for a presentation, a list of completed presentations, and a downloadable flyer on the Speakers Bureau.

Previous E-Updates

March 2005 E-Update
February 2005 E-Update
January 2005 E-Update
December 2004 E-Update