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Vallecitos Board of Directors Declares Drought Over

Vallecitos Board of Directors Declares Drought Over

Last night, the Vallecitos Water District’s Board of Directors voted to rescind the voluntary drought restrictions under its “Level 1 – Drought Watch.” Vallecitos customers may irrigate any day of the week with no limit on the number of watering days, and may irrigate their landscapes for as many minutes as needed. However, the Board continued to express their desire to sustain water conservation as a permanent way of life. Vallecitos’ ordinance permanently prohibits wasteful practices, such as:

  •   Watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  •   Watering within 48 hours of a measurable rain event
  •   Hosing down hardscapes (patios, sidewalks, etc.)
  •   Not using a shut-off nozzle when washing cars
  •   Not fixing leaks within 48 hours of discovery
  •   Restaurants only serving water on request

Vallecitos’ resolution was taken in response to the San Diego County Water Authority’s action on January 26, 2017, declaring the drought over in San Diego County. Neither the Water Authority nor Vallecitos are experiencing supply shortages due to drought. The San Diego region has invested approximately $3.5

billion over the past three decades to increase regional water supply reliability, including upgraded conveyance systems, additional water storage capacity and seawater desalination. Vallecitos has a direct connection to the desalination plant in Carlsbad and obtains more than a quarter of its annual supplies from this drought proof source.

Vallecitos met its mandatory savings target after the state imposed emergency regulations in 2015 to achieve the governor’s goal of an overall 25 percent cut in urban water use. In May 2016, the state updated its emergency regulation to a water supply “stress test” methodology that took actual levels of local supply reliability into account. Under that system, Vallecitos has sufficient supplies to avoid shortages even if it experiences three more dry years.

“Due to the record-setting winter precipitation in the Northern Sierra, coupled with heavy local rainfall and a significant snowpack in the upper Colorado River basin, we are able to rescind Drought Response Level 1 – Drought Watch,” said Vallecitos Board President, Craig Elitharp. “We applaud our customers’ efforts to conserve water and encourage them to continue to use water efficiently at all times.”

For more detailed information on the permanent prohibitions, go to www.vwd.org/drought.


About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45- square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. The public is invited to Board meetings, taking place at 5 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Vallecitos’ Administration Building – 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos. Board meetings are also televised on San Marcos TV. Visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.

San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates for May 2016


Please see below for the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) updates:

San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair

The San Elijo Hills Women’s Club (SEHWC) presents their Women’s Fair on May 7th at the San Elijo Hills Town Center Park from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The fair is dedicated to women and children’s issues and will host a main canopy which will feature speakers on health and wellness, as well as, a fashion show, craft activities, yoga classes, self-defense demonstrations, skin safety, anti-aging talks, parenting tips and much, much more!

A local health team will be offering free blood pressure tests all day, as well as life-saving CPR tips for adults & kids! Lining the fair will be booths with lots of fun shopping opportunities; jewelry, health & fitness products, clothing, crafts and much, much more! Also, there will be booths representing a wide variety of non-profits that serve women & children in our area. Come down and take the time to browse and see how you can help your support your community!

Visit the San Elijo Hills Women’s Club website for more details at http://sehwc.weebly.com.

Movie in the Park-Part I

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Illumination Nation’s Minions (rated PG) as part of our summer movie showings!

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

Minions will be shown on Friday, June 3rd at the lower softball field of San Elijo Park. Pre-show activities (including bounce houses, bungee run, a sticky wall and more!) will begin at 6:00PM and the movie will start at sunset (around 8:00PM). Remember to bring your low-back beach chairs and blankets for lawn seating! A few food trucks will be there and will have a variety of food & refreshments for purchase.

For more information, feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

Foam Party in the Town Square

Come join us in the town square park for a foam party! Dr. Bronner’s Foam truck will be coming out on June 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. for a free foam party on the last day of school! The foam is biodegradable and made simply from organic soap, water and compressed air. Take the family down for music, foam, and fun!

Save the Date: Summer Spectacular and Laser Show!

Introducing our very first summer spectacular! This all American themed carnival will entertain our residents of all ages with music, carnival games, prize booth with tons of glow in the dark prizes, obstacle course, bounce houses, zip line, rock wall, and much more!

Document your experience with a keepsake, and visit our photo booth! If you are hungry during all that fun, fill up on hamburgers, hot dogs, salad and other classic favorites!

….and the grand finale….LASER SHOW! YES! Our first ever outdoor laser show! Bring your chairs, blankets, sit back and enjoy the show!

There is no need to go anywhere when you can hang out in your own neighborhood and celebrate the Holiday weekend San Elijo Hills style! This event will take place on Saturday July 2, 2016 at 5 pm to 9 pm at the lower softball field of San Elijo Park!

Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. No guests will be permitted.

Eucalyptus Trees: San Elijo Hills “City” Park

A cluster of “volunteer” Eucalyptus trees will be removed on Friday, May 6th, in the San Elijo Hills Park between the lower and upper softball fields.

The trees are located in an easement for the San Diego County Water Authority, and currently sit on top of two pipelines. In addition to limiting access to the pipes, the trees are beginning to arc creating a health and safety issue.

The San Elijo Hills Park is not owned or maintained by the San Elijo Hills Community Association.

*This website – San Elijo Life is independent from the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA). The HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.


Vallecitos Water District Eases Drought Restrictions

Vellecitos Water District Office

Vallecitos Water District Eases Drought Restrictions

The State of California adjusted its conservation targets for the Vallecitos Water District (VWD) on March 9, 2016, reducing the District’s target from 24 percent to 16 percent. Based on this reduced target, the District will no longer enforce restrictions on the use of water to power wash structures, including mobile homes. The State Board certified potable water supplies from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant as drought-resilient, reducing the regional impacts of the state’s emergency water-use mandates.

“The District has been in a Level 2 Drought Alert condition since August of 2014,” said Board President Mike Sannella. “The efforts by our customers to conserve during the drought, combined with bringing desalination online, are making the difference and will help meet our water supply needs to support the highest quality of life and a strong local economy.”

Additionally, on Thursday, the San Diego County Water Authority’s (CWA) Board of Directors rescinded CWA Ordinance No. 2015-02 as well as the July 2014 notification of a Regional Drought Response Level 2, Drought Alert condition. The VWD Board of Directors will in turn review the District’s drought ordinances to see what modifications are appropriate.

In the meantime, customers will be able to:

  •   Power wash structures
  •   Deep water trees
  •   Transition lawns to drought-tolerant landscapes
  •   Preserve fire-safe buffers around homes, especially those at the top of slopes or near canyons.

Pipeline Upgrade Prepares for Seawater Desalination

Pipeline Upgrade Prepares for Seawater Desalination
The San Diego County Water Authority is relining an existing large drinking water pipeline in San Marcos in preparation for a new, drought-proof water supply from the coast: seawater desalination. Most of the construction for the Pipeline 3 Desalination Relining Project will take place underground inside the pipeline, but some work above ground will impact local City streets. Pipeline relining will not interrupt water service to nearby homes or businesses. 

Construction will be ongoing through May 2015. Crews will enter the pipe by excavating access sites or “portals” along the pipeline in the Water Authority’s easement. At the portals, workers will remove approximately 40 feet of existing pipe to gain access to the interior of the pipe and to install relining materials.

Five portals are within the City boundary (click to view map). Portal 15 is located at the intersection of Descanso Avenue and Pawnee Street immediately east of Rancho Santa Fe Road and south of Highway 78. The Descanso-Pawnee intersection has been closed for construction. All businesses in the area remain accessible via adjacent streets.

Portals 11-14 are within the Water Authority’s easement in off-City street sites north of Highway 78. These portals will not require street closures. Ten additional portals north of City boundary extend to the Water Authority’s Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant.

Sound walls will be temporarily placed around portals where they are needed to reduce noise impacts to residents and businesses, and to comply with environmental regulations. Nearby residents and businesses will see construction traffic approaching and departing the portal sites through May 2015. Upon completion, the work areas will be restored to their previous condition.

Pipeline 3 is being relined to accommodate pressurized flows from the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which is now in construction. The upgraded Pipeline 3 will convey desalinated seawater northward to the Water Authority’s regional facilities in Twin Oaks Valley. From there, this new supply will blend with imported water to enhance the reliability of our region’s water supply. A new east-west pipeline is under construction to connect the desalination plant in Carlsbad to Pipeline 3 in San Marcos.

For more information about the Pipeline 3 Desalination Relining project, please contact the Water Authority’s project information line at 877 682-9283, ext 7005 or email CIPinfo@sdcwa.org. Water Authority staff will respond within one business day.