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San Diego regional water news roundup July 11-13, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 14, 2010


No cleanup in huge TJ sewage spill / SignOnSanDiego“A mechanical breakdown and construction work at some U.S. sewage facilities allowed more than 2.1 million gallons of wastewater from Mexico to flood the Tijuana River Valley in San Diego County in early June. Unlike most other spills of that size, it has prompted scant enforcement action by water-quality regulators and no cleanup.”

Water main break closes streets in City Heights / 10News“A water main broke in the heart of City Heights Sunday, resulting in 30 to 35 customers being left without water and several street closures, authorities said.”

Poway water, sewer rates to be reviewed July 20 / MyLocalNews“A water-rate increase, changes to the city’s five-tiered water rate structure and a sewer-rate decrease will be discussed during a July 20 Poway City Council workshop session. The increase would take effect in January and reflects still another increase in the rate charged the city by the San Diego County Water Authority. Rates have climbed 40 percent over the past 18 months.”

Voice: Coincidental occurrences / Imperial Valley Press“Since the Quantification Settlement Agreement was signed in October 2003 we have learned that according to the “law of the river,” MWD gets all the unused IID allocated irrigation water for free. San Diego County Water Authority must pay for its water received from fallowed ground.”

Carlsbad water-purchase deal near to conclusion / Desalination & Water Reuse“The water-purchase contract between San Diego County Water Authority and Poseidon Resources Inc relating to the Carlsbad desalination plant in southern California could be tied up by the end of July.”

As summer season begins, California American Water urges conservation in its San Diego County service district / PRNewswire“California American Water is encouraging its San Diego County service district customers to be particularly mindful of their water consumption – especially outdoors. California American Water’s San Diego County service district includes approximately 21,000 households and businesses and serves a population of about 95,000 people, in the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, south Chula Vista, and parts of south San Diego.”

New directors representing San Diego County, Central Basin MWD seated on Metropolitan Board / Forbes” San Diego attorney Lynne L. Heidel and former labor union representative Rudy C. Montalvo took their seats today as members of Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors. Heidel joins Fern Steiner, Keith Lewinger and W.D. “Bud” Pocklington in representing the San Diego County Water Authority on Metropolitan’s 37-member board.”

Sewer pipelines to be replaced in parts of Carlsbad / San Diego Source“Pipeline will be replaced on Beech Avenue between Ocean Street and along Washington Street, and on Normandy Lane between Garfield Street and Mountain View Drive.”

Council Labors Through Dog Days Of Summer / La Mesa Today“Helix Water District is currently seeking an 8.8 percent increase in water rates and are rolling out new pricing procedures that will raise rates on heaviest users. The proposal hasn’t sat well with local residents who, perhaps, felt that all the water conservation they are doing – down 21 percent in the last three years alone – should be rewarded, not punished with rate hikes”

Problems rise as Salton Sea water level drops / abc7“According to the website, dust from a dry sea could spread from Oceanside to Phoenix, creating a variety of health problems.”


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