November 2009 home page

  Winning Water Waste War
David Scherer, Public Works Director, and Joe DeStefano, Clean Water Manager

Between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 (Fiscal Year 2007), the residents and businesses of Del Mar consumed 1443 Acre Feet (AF), or 470 million gallons, of potable water. During FY 2008 (July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008), the City used 1234 AF, and during this past Fiscal Year (Fiscal Year 2009), we used 1202 AF. This annual reduction in water use shows that the citizens, business owners, and property owners in Del Mar have been conserving water for some time!


City Staff have also been working to improve the City’s landscaping irrigation to reduce usage as well. Over the last few years, the City has replaced thousands of feet of old drip tubing with improved drip tubing (the brown tubing in the medians). If you note a problem, please call the Public Works Department (858-755-3294) who will follow up with the City’s contractor. Currently, the City is utilizing the new SoCal Water$mart rebate program and funds from the capital improvement budget for Fiscal Year 2009-2010 to replace 150 irrigation spray heads in Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks to reduce water use by 30%. Last year, the City also installed two new weather-based controllers for Seagrove and Powerhouse Parks using a prior rebate program and capital funds.

Please visit the Del Mar website and follow along to see how we are doing as a City with our Drought Level 2 Water Consumption. Visit www.delmar.ca.us and click on the Stage 2 Drought Alert link. For the first three months of this Fiscal Year, we are about 10% below last year’s very low consumption of 1202 AF. While this means we are on target for our goal of using less than 1343 AF this fiscal year, we need to continue to focus on conserving water. So keep up the good work!

Remember, the SoCal Water$mart residential rebate program offers rebates for homeowners. These are very limited, with rebates issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. Rebate applications are available online at www.bewaterwise.com.

Finally, the City Council established an Ad-Hoc Water Conservation Citizens’ Advisory Committee which meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 5 PM at the City Hall Annex. The Committee is presently working on a Water Conservation Ordinance for the City. This State-mandated regulation will affect the installation of landscaping on new construction projects in the City, and certain renovation projects. Please join them, and keep up to date on our efforts!


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