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San Diego regional water news roundup July 19-20, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 21, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Water hikes pit agriculture versus large lawns / North County Times“Faced with the need to increase water rates in order to cover increasing costs, Escondido city officials must decide whether to continue subsidizing agricultural customers at the expense of people living on large lots that require plentiful irrigation. That choice will be presented to the City Council on Sept. 1 after the council’s utilities subcommittee deadlocked on the issue last week.”

In a time of conservation, a handful of water officials increase use / Voice of San Diego[however…] “Some 69 other officials who oversee the region’s 24 water retailers — the agencies or cities that sell water to individual homes and businesses — either kept their use steady or cut it.”

U-T editorial: Watching the spigot / SignOnSanDiego“The latest report card for water conservation in the region is in and it’s a great one. The June report for consumers carries a gold star and the notation, “Keep it up, don’t let down.””

Energy and water: why are we so wasteful? / Voice of San Diego “Why isn’t SoCal using alternative energy to power desalination plants? Why can’t we build more wind and solar generators?”

Report: County must diversify water sources / 10News“According to a new report by the research group Equinox, researchers said if the county does not diversify with options such as recycled water, local residents could eventually be forced to use half as much water in two decades.”

Tar balls wash up in Oceanside, Encinitas / SignOnSanDiego“Tar balls have washed ashore at two beaches in North County, creating squishy messes across a few hundred yards of sand near Witherby Street in Oceanside and at a popular spot in Encinitas.”

Water bond now on the bubble / SignOnSanDiego“The outcome has fiscal consequences for water suppliers across California , including the San Diego County Water Authority, which is in line for state bond money to help defray its aggressive program to increase local supplies. The overall $11 billion bond includes $100 million to help defray a $568 million project to more than double the size of San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside…Local water officials also were looking at a variety of grants in the bond for other supply reliability programs.”

These Days: the economics of San Diego’s water supply / KPBS“Maureen Cavanaugh (Host): A new study concludes that conservation is the cheapest and most accepted form of water management in the county. Guests: Dr. Lynn Reaser, Chief Economist, Point Loma Nazarene University Business and Economics Institute; Marion Paul, Executive Director, Equinox Center”

Sewage again spills into Tijuana River Valley / SignOnSanDiego “A second major sewage overflow in Tijuana since the start of June has sullied the Tijuana River Valley in southern San Diego County. More than 2.7 million gallons of sewage-tainted water coursed through the dry river bed on July 7 and 8, according to state and federal reports.”

Fireworks testing turns up limited pollution / SignOnSanDiego“Environmentalists who tried to block July Fourth fireworks displays Tuesday released results from water tests that showed elevated levels of a few metals in San Diego Bay — but not ecological harm — following the holiday events.”


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