As one of the nation’s top producers of avocados, ornamental trees and shrubs, flowers, succulents, lemons, and other agricultural goods, San Diego County’s farms generate nearly $4.8 billion in total economic activity.
To celebrate how safe and reliable water supplies fuel San Diego’s thriving agriculture industry, the San Diego County Water Authority is hosting a photo contest in May, which is also Water Awareness Month.
The San Diego County Water Authority’s Brought to You by Water outreach and education program is designed to convey the importance of safe and reliable water supplies for sustaining the region’s 3.3 million people and its $231 billion economy. Starting in 2018, the Water Authority has highlighted some of the region’s core industries – including tourism, manufacturing and brewing – that would not exist without substantial investments in water supply reliability.
Those industries provide tens of thousands of jobs that help make San Diego County universally regarded as one of the best places to live. Period. How is that possible? Only with continued investments in the pumps, pipes, projects and people who deliver more than 450,000 acre-feet of water per year for everything from washing hotel towels and growing avocados to brewing craft beer and building ships.
It’s all Brought to You by Water.
And water requires continued investments to ensure it’s available when and where people want it for their homes and their businesses. That’s why the San Diego Water Authority and its 24 member agencies are raising awareness about how safe and reliable water supplies fuel San Diego County’s economy and quality of life through a program called Brought to You by Water.
In fact, a June 2018 report by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation says total regional sales supported per day by reliable access to water reach $482 million. That’s equivalent to 2.7 Comic-Cons every day!
Brought to You by Water features four key industries at the start, but several other sectors play critical roles in our regional economy and will be highlighted during future phases of the outreach program. They include: