Sweetwater Reservoir in San Diego County, California

Sweetwater Reservoir in south San Diego County

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

All of the lakes in San Diego County are manmade, i.e., reservoirs. Interestingly, San Diego County, and most of California from what I understand, does not allow swimming in reservoirs. I have heard that it has to do with keeping the water clean since it ultimately becomes drinking water. That doesn’t make sense, though, since they allow boating on the reservoirs, and dare I mention all of the fish poop and bird poop in the water? Lastly, of course, the reservoir water is still filtered, cleaned, and fluoridated before it reaches our houses. Nonetheless….

Here are three pictures of Sweetwater Reservoir in south San Diego County:

Sweetwater Reservoir in San Diego County, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sweetwater Reservoir in San Diego County, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Sweetwater Reservoir in San Diego County, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

During our drought from 2008-2011, the water level in Sweetwater Reservoir got very low. It’s not quite back to 100% capacity but it might get there with the wet winter we’re supposed to have here.

Those pictures were taken in April 2012 after the official announcement came that the drought was over. Now that I know how to take several pictures and have Photoshop stitch them together into a panorama, I’m heading back out there soon.

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

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13 thoughts on “Sweetwater Reservoir in south San Diego County

  1. Boomdeeadda

    Oh boy, looks really low. We’re pretty good water conservers since our country home had a cistern. We’d even turn water off in shower to soap up and shampoo, then just on to rinse. We made 1,200 galloons last 7 – 8 weeks. I was reading another blog just a moment ago. She lives in Texas, they’ve been told there’s only 30 more years of water in their area. Can you see all the ghost towns around Texas? Frightening.

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  2. Corinne Shields

    Hi Russell

    great pictures, great frames.

    I’m going to re-read your framing instructions because these really do look great. Can you get on and do the Framing for Dummies like I asked?????????

    Corinne

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  3. Lindy Lee

    Fantastic photos of the round abouts of San Diego, whatever specific subject you choose.
    Words always interesting, as well. Thanks for being here on WordPress to Russel Ray &
    Zoey the Cool Cat…

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  4. idebenone

    The dam was first constructed in 1888 as part of a system of reservoirs on San Diego County rivers designed to provide water to irrigate crops along the coast and to supply the city of San Diego and its outlying towns. Over the next few decades the dam was raised and retrofitted several times from its original height of 60 feet (18 m). In 1916, a heavy flood caused both abutments of the dam to fail. Fortunately, the rest of the dam did not sustain heavy damage and it remains in use today serving flood control, water storage and recreation.

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  5. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag)

    Beautiful pictures and nice frames. Happy for you that your drought has ended. We are hoping the drought here ends soon. Hugs

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