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San Diego regional water news roundup June 29-July 1, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 2, 2010


Environmental issues hurting communities in the U.S.-Mexico border region / Know Your H2O“The United States and Mexico share a 2000-mile border where a population of 9 million is growing more than twice as fast as the populations of U.S. and Mexico. Despite this growing population, the border region is confronted with many environmental health issues because of the lack of clean drinking water and proper health care.”

San Diego’s residents will pay more for water AND electricity if we use desal / Know Your H2O“In San Diego it takes eight times more electricity to produce about 325,000 gallons of water through desalination than it takes to pump the same amount of groundwater. Because desalinated water is so energy-dependent, water customers are vulnerable to rises in energy costs.”

Retail water agencies stand up for customers at Water Authority Board meeting / Olivenhain Municipal Water District“Citing financial challenges facing their customers and their own bottom lines, representatives of Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Sweetwater Authority, Lakeside Water District, and Rainbow Municipal Water District were the only retail water agencies that voted no on the 14.7% increase to the San Diego County Water Authority’s 2011 untreated wholesale water rate at SDCWA’s June 24 Board of Directors meeting.”

Four local water agencies protest San Diego County Water Authority rate hike / Blogs“Four local water agencies in San Diego County have combined to oppose a rate hike imposed by the San Diego County Water Authority. A fifth agency, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, also voted no. However, Padre Dam’s board has not decided whether to join the protest, said Doug Wilson, its general manager.”

Let them drink Sparkletts / San Diego Reader“San Diego city officials are spending $11.8 million to study whether sewage can be converted into drinking water, but their personal water supply is entirely another matter. According to a recent request for proposal, the City is shopping around for a contractor to supply its offices with paper cups and “Five Gallon bottle dispensers,” to be filled with delivered “Natural Spring Water,” or facsimile thereof.”

Recycled water being used to irrigate park / SignOnSanDiego“The city of San Diego hopes to save 13 million gallons of water a year by using recycled water for irrigation at Canyonside Community Park in Rancho Peñasquitos”


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