Water authority pushes for more conservation

Lake Hodges was
ravaged by drought years ago because the lake's only source of water back then was mother nature.
In the years since, we have greatly diversified and expanded our water storage capacity, including raising the levels of our dams and building a new one.

The Olivenhain Dam now supplies Lake Hodges via a pipeline.
The Lake Hodges pump station is also involved in supplying electricity to SDG&E.
But as we talked with County Supervisor Dave Roberts live on Good Morning San Diego, we couldn't help but notice the water level here is lower than what it should be.

“The water level is low here because water storage is again an issue in the county right now,” Roberts said.

Roberts sits on the county water authority's board.
Last week the authority declared a Level 1 drought watch.
We've done a great job of conserving water since the last watch in 2007, some 27 percent less usage, but officials are now asking us to be extra vigilant.

The drought is so severe that even though our diversity includes the desalination project in Carlsbad, and perhaps a future one on Camp Pendleton, we face serious issues beyond what should be a safe 2014.

“There are these innovative ideas that we can do to really make sure that we're maximizing water here for all users, because if we don't have a dedicated source of water we won't have the quality of life (we desire).  We're projected by SANDAG to continue growing, we're eventually going to be over four million, and possibly five million people.”

Which brings us to recycling. Water recycling, not just for irrigation and landscaping, but for drinking.

“The public is now saying they are supportive of this.  What can happen is that water can be blended with other water, and cleaned to a standard even higher than what we have now for drinking water or potable water.”

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