Thanks to the Vallecitos Water District’s direct connection to the Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant, the State Water Resources Control Board recently adjusted the district’s water conservation target from a 24 percent reduction in potable water use to 16 percent, compared to 2013 usage. The district now receives over 4,000 acre feet of desalinated water every year, making up 27 percent of the district’s annual supply – enough to serve 8,100 families over the course of the year. The use of water from the desalination plant minimizes the district’s reliance on imported water.

Vallecitos Water District serves 97,000 people in San Marcos, Lake San Marcos, and portions of Carlsbad, Escondido, and Vista, in addition to surrounding areas. Board meetings are open to the public and televised on San Marcos TV.