3-Part Documentary Highlights San Diego's Water History

'To Quench a Thirst' is a three-part series produced by the San Diego County Water Authority that chronicles the region's search for water supplies, from historical to modern times.
3-Part Documentary Highlights San Diego's Water History
The three-part video series traces the search for water from the San Diego region’s indigenous people through generations of area leaders who developed the region’s water supply portfolio and infrastructure. Today, that infrastructure sustains 3.2 million people and a $218 billion economy.

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The San Diego County Water Authority released a new documentary series that highlights the major events in the region’s ongoing quest for safe and reliable water supplies.

The three-part video series provides a 13-minute overview that traces the search for water from the region’s indigenous people through generations of area leaders who developed the region’s diversified water supply portfolio and robust infrastructure that today sustains 3.2 million people and a $218 billion economy.

The videos are part of the curriculum for the Water Authority’s award-winning Citizens Water Academy, a class series for community leaders interested in water issues. The videos are also designed for use by teachers, community groups and others who want to learn more about the management of the region’s water resources.

“The San Diego region’s history is inextricably tied to the quest for a reliable water supply, and this documentary series shows how the region overcame numerous challenges on that journey,” says Mark Weston, chair of the Water Authority’s board of directors. “Despite having few local water resources, we have succeeded in meeting the needs of a growing population and vibrant economy. This series tells our water story.”

The video series covers the construction of the first major dams and reservoirs in the late 1800s, along with modern investments and prudent management of water supplies that sustain local homes and businesses even during very dry years.

Part 1 takes viewers through the region’s early water history up to the historic buildup during World War II that resulted in the first Colorado River water imports to the county. Part 2 focuses on the county’s post-war population boom, the challenges that came with the growing region’s susceptibility to drought, and the Water Authority’s supply diversification strategy that led to the addition of new resources such as desalinated seawater. These and other challenges and achievements are tied together in Part 3 to illustrate the Water Authority’s vision for keeping the region’s economy and population thriving with a reliable water supply.

For more information on Citizens Water Academy, visit www.sdcwa.org/citizens-water-academy.

 
 


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