2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP)
Urban Water Management Plans (UWMPs) are prepared by California's urban water suppliers to support their long-term resource planning and ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future water demands. The California Urban Water Management Planning Act requires Vallecitos to assess the reliability of its water sources over a 20-year planning horizon considering normal and dry years and include this assessment in the District's UWMP. As water supplies can change frequently, UWMPs are updated every five years, adopted and submitted to the Department of Water Resources.
Over the past 10 years, Vallecitos has continued to make great strides to secure a sustainable and reliable water supply for the future. These efforts are detailed in the District's recently adopted 2015 Urban Water Management Plan. Since 2005, Vallecitos added an additional 40-million-gallon potable water storage reservoir to assist in emergencies and management of peak water demands. Vallecitos also increased the recycled water capacity at its Meadowlark Water Reclamation Facility from 2.0 million gallons per day (MGD) to 5.0 MGD. Vallecitos added potable water supply reliability through the purchase of approximately 3,500 acre-feet per year, or 1,140 million gallons per year, of desalinated seawater from the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, and through the purchase of approximately 2,750 acre-feet per year, or 896 million gallons per year, from the Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant. And finally, Vallecitos has implemented aggressive water conservation outreach efforts, which has lowered the overall demand for imported water into the region.