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San Diego regional water news roundup May 19-22, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 22, 2010


Water, sewer work under way / La Jolla Light“A race is on to complete water and sewer infrastructure improvements in the Village [La Jolla] before the summer construction moratorium starting after Memorial Day. If the job isn’t finished before the summer moratorium, Grey added crews will have to wait and return and to do the striping and other finish work after Labor Day when the moratorium ends.”


Board considers 12% water, sewer hikes / Ramona Sentinel“The Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board will hold a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, for any residents who want to comment about proposed water and sewer rate hikes for the district’s fiscal year 2010-11 budget. The board has proposed the following rate increases: 12 percent for water customers, 12 percent for Santa Maria sewer service customers and 10 percent for San Vicente sewer service customers.”


Study Finds Most Water Usage In Santa Fe District / 10News“A report by the Equinox Center research group shows the Santa Fe District, which includes Rancho Santa Fe and Solana beach, dramatically more water per person than anywhere else.”


Imperial Irrigation District hears All-American Canal buoy update; pedestrian bridges considered an option / Imperial Valley Press“IID will install two more test buoy lines the week of May 31 and conduct tests until June 2011”


Pipeline stalls over bones battle with Viejas / SignOnSanDiego“An East County water district may be forced to abandon a $20 million reservoir and pipeline project after bone fragments and pottery shards were found at a grassy Lakeside construction site.”


Entrepreneurial CEO positioning desalination technology for growth / San Diego Source“Brian Hays joined Vari-Ro in the fall of 2008, after looking at several companies. The Lakeside company developed an innovative reverse osmosis technology for seawater and brackish water…that uses hydraulic pumps, which can reduce the energy consumed during desalination of seawater by 10 percent to 30 percent.”


New control system simplifies access to distribution system data / WaterWorld“With tighter regulations and economic issues on the rise, water districts are under increasing pressure to find ways to better manage their SCADA system assets. Staff at Helix Water District responded to these pressures by working out a solution that answered their need for reliable reporting and an up-to-date SCADA system. Using web-based software that connected their PLCs and databases together within the network, they were able to build a scalable system that generates a variety of reports.”


Agency okays agreement with Camp Pendleton for desalination plant / Valley News“The agreement between the base and the San Diego regional water supplier focuses on numerous tasks and studies that include seeking coastal development and state permits, natural and cultural resources studies, data acquisition, off-shore investigations and water quality sampling.”

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