November 11, 2008 16:14 ET

Del Sur Honored for Water Efficiency

As City Council Mandates Water Cutbacks, California Policymakers Salute a San Diego Master-Planned Community for Its Core Set of Water-Saving Features

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Del Sur (, a smart-growth master-planned community located in the northern part of the City of San Diego, has been honored by an organization of California water leaders for its exemplary water conservation efforts.

The award was given last week during California Water Policy 18, a statewide conference convened by POWER, the Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform (

Del Sur is the first and only private development to win a water efficiency award from POWER during its 18-year history. The late Dorothy Green, a leading environmental activist who founded the grass-roots organization, Heal the Bay, has chaired the annual conference since its inception.

The judging committee, comprising representatives from more than two dozen influential organizations such as Sierra Fund, Clean Water Action and Southern California Watershed Alliance, recognized the Del Sur community for its efforts to promote a reliable and sustainable water supply for its residents.

"Del Sur is the type of socially responsible, resource-efficient new home development demanded by 21st century environmental realities, and we applaud the community and its developer for their water-saving programs," said Debbi Dodson, director of the California Water Policy Conference.

"With the current critical water supply situation, Del Sur's conservation efforts demonstrate a significant contribution to promoting reliable and sustainable water supplies. Further, we would hope that all developers would follow the example set by Del Sur," Dodson said.

"This prestigious award helps demonstrate that Del Sur is a good steward of its water resources and reinforces that the environmental community sees us as a viable partner in the quest for sustainable living and efficient water use in new home development," said Fred Maas, president and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch LLC, developer of the residential community.

Specific Del Sur water-saving programs spotlighted by the award and expected to save more than 100 million gallons of water each year, once the 2,500-home community is built out, include:

--  Drought-tolerant landscaping, on-demand hot water recirculation
    systems and water-saving weather-based irrigation control systems.
--  Ultra-low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and low-flow faucets in
    all new homes.
--  Communitywide reclaimed water irrigation of all common landscaped
    areas, weather-based irrigation controlled computers and drought-resistant

Designed over nearly 20 years in consultation with a variety of environmental and civic groups, the 1,800-acre community of Del Sur is planned to eventually include 2,500 market-rate homes, 469 low-income homes, business and commercial space, a transit center, a fire station, two schools and more than 2,000 acres of dedicated open space shared with sister community Santaluz. The developer of Del Sur is Black Mountain Ranch LLC.

Recognized nationally and locally for its comprehensive sustainable design, construction and living practices, Del Sur is the proud recipient of the 2008 Mixed Use Development of the Year award, presented during the National Green Building Awards, and has also received California's highest environmental honor, a 2007 Governor's Award for Environmental & Economic Leadership (GEELA).

Del Sur's Ranch House, certified as a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structure by the U.S. Green Building Council, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 858-481-4200 or visit to learn more.

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