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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Mobile Phone App to Report Water Leaks and Water Wasters

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To help Californians save more water this summer, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Department of Technology and Save Our Water announced the launch of SaveWater.CA.Gov.

 The new mobile-optimized website will allow residents to report suspected leaks and water waste anywhere in the state from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Today’s announcement was made following the release of June 2015 statewide conservation progress.

“Everyone needs to save water, and this is one effective way alert residents can help everyone – and every community – save water during this historic drought,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Every drop saved – and every suspected leak or water waste reported and corrected – will help stretch the state’s limited water supply, because we don’t know if next year will be a fifth year of drought.”

Many local water agencies have their own methods for reporting water waste, whether by email, phone or online app. (To find a specific agency, click here.) Modeled on sites maintained by water suppliers throughout the state, SaveWater.CA.Gov is a tool for Californians to help their communities and state save water and assist those water suppliers that may not have the resources to build their own online reporting system. The site is available statewide and compliments local efforts by providing an easy-to-use tool that directly reports water waste to the proper authority – anywhere in California.
Through SaveWater.CA.Gov, users can easily report and send pictures of leaks or water waste from their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Users can select the type of water waste from a list of common problems, type in the address where the potential waste is occurring and click send.
The anonymous report is transmitted directly to the water agency that serves the geographic area where the report is made. Users don’t need to know the name of the local water agency or how to contact them. The SaveWater.CA.Gov site does it for them.

More than 300 water agencies throughout the state have already signed up to use the tool. All waters suppliers are encouraged to join SaveWater.CA.Gov to access detailed reports of apparent water waste in their areas.

“The beauty of this system is that it sends reports directly to the water suppliers,” Marcus said. “Since the State Water Board passed emergency water conservations regulations in July 2014, hundreds of state residents have emailed us and called asking what they can do to report suspected water waste. This tool is a valuable step in the right direction for water suppliers to find out about suspected leaks or overwatering in their communities.” 



Monday, August 3, 2015

Work Started on Citywide Pavement Repair Project

Monday, August 3, 2015


Work has begun on a $4 million citywide street improvement project that will upgrade pavement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks in five neighborhoods.

The project, which is funded through the Sandag Transnet program, began July 20 and will be completed in four to five months.

The city’s subcontractor, YBS Concrete, is currently working in the Settle Road area, where asphalt patching is set to begin August 17 and finish in five days. Earlier this year, a crack seal was applied to the road to prevent further damage.

 Final resurfacing of Settle Road and adjacent streets will be scheduled after the asphalt repair work is completed.  Next up: Concrete replacement along Strathmore Drive is scheduled to start August 10.

“No Parking” signs will be placed 48 hours in advance at locations where curb, gutter or sidewalk work is scheduled.

 Workers are currently identifying the locations of utility lines in advance of storm drain replacement work planned for Alphonse Street, Princess Joann Road and Ironwood.

We’ve included (below) a map of the streets and neighborhoods that comprise the project.  

Questions or feedback can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola at (619) 258-4100 x 174 or via email at tobyespinola@CityofSanteeCA.gov

Curb and gutter and sidewalk work on Settle Road