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San Diego regional water news roundup June 24-28, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 29, 2010


Water Authority board adopts 11.3% rate hike / SignOnSanDiego“Thursday’s decision means the total cost of treated water for municipal and industrial use will rise to $1,026 per acre-foot on Jan. 1, a jump of $104.”

State files suit to stop project on burial site / 10News“The state of California filed suit Thursday to stop the Padre Dam Municipal Water District from continuing construction of a reservoir and pumping station on an Indian burial site on Lakeside’s south side.”

Growers to pay more for water next year / North County Times“Because water is a large proportion of their costs, growers are especially sensitive to water prices. They have historically paid less than residential customers in exchange for being first to be cut off in a shortage. But now that water shortages are constant, those discounts are being eliminated.”

That big sinking feeling / San Diego Reader “…many local residents on both sides of the border have wondered whether an electricity plant that normally keeps lights on in Mexicali could have caused the earthquake. The Cerro Prieto geothermal power station, the largest plant of its kind in the world, is located on the southern edge of the city. The plant’s turbines are run on boiling water and steam brought to the surface from the Cerro Prieto geothermal fields deep in the earth. Many Mexicali citizens believe that removing so much water destabilizes the earth above it.”

Sinkhole opens up during on-camera interview / NBC San Diego“The drama started early in the morning when neighbors said they heard a loud noise after a six-inch concrete water main broke in Hillcrest.”

Beach is left in the lurch as state vetoes sea wall / SignOnSanDiego“California State Parks won’t allow the city of Encinitas to use a sea wall to stabilize a shaky bluff that city officials fear could collapse and take with it a blufftop parking lot and trail leading down to Beacon’s Beach, a popular surfing spot.”

Group files lawsuit to stop La Jolla fireworks show / La Jolla Light“The lawsuit alleges: The event will harm sensitive coastal resources in La Jolla including the coastal beaches and offshore waters; the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park, the San Diego-La Jolla Ecological Preserve, the San Diego-La Jolla area of Special Biological Significance; and the seal rookery at Children’s Pool.”

Olivenhain water district to end water restrictions July 1 / SignOnSanDiego“The water district board voted unanimously at its June 23 meeting to end a yearlong ban on hosing down paved surfaces such as driveways and irrigating a maximum of three days a week, among other restrictions.”


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