GrokSurf's San Diego

Local observations on water, environment, technology, law & politics

San Diego regional water news roundup

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 14, 2010

Around town: Alvarado Water Treatment Plant at Lake Murray

WATER: Metropolitan Water District boosts rates 15 percent / North County Times : “Cost increases from Metropolitan flow down to its member agencies, such as the San Diego County Water Authority…Metropolitan board members from San Diego County opposed all of the rate hikes…”

Update on groundwater contamination in Mission Valley / GrokSurf’s San Diego : At the second public hearing on an ordinance that would appropriate and expend $608,626.00 towards resolution of some issues relating to cleanup of groundwater contamination near Qualcomm Stadium, the motion for adoption passed unanimously.

Beach closed in IB due to contaminated runoff / SignOnSanDiego : “Beaches from the U.S.-Mexico border to the north end of Imperial Beach are closed because of sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana Estuary…”

Water reclamation & sand mining proposal would yield new water source for Helix district–but El Monte valley residents voice concerns / East County Magazine : “Helix has proposed to take wastewater that has been gone through standard tertiary treatments and filtered with 100% reverse osmosis, hydrogen peroxide, and ultraviolent treatment. The treated water would then be pumped into ponds along the north side of El Monte Valley and seep into the groundwater basis to mix with naturally occurring water…One resident responded angrily, “I have a well in the middle of the river. You’re telling me you’re going to ruin my well water and then charge me for drinking water!””

Contractors to self-report storm water violations / San Diego Daily Transcript via SDCWA : “Effective July 1, owners of construction sites may be fined up to $10,000 per violation per day if they fail to contain storm runoff. Under the new permit system, contractors must also submit Rain Event Action Plans that detail how contractors will prevent storm runoff.”

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