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San Diego regional water news roundup July 21-23, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 23, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

POWAY: Residents lobby for single water rate / North County Times“North Poway residents turned out in en masse Tuesday to urge the City Council to adopt a flat water rate structure that would see all residents paying the same per-unit price, regardless of how much water they use.”

Climate change threatens state’s water supplies, report says / Ventura County Star“More than three-quarters of the counties in California face the possibility of water shortages by the middle of the century as a result of global warming, a new study suggests.”

Leaky water main dispute resolved — at a cost / La Jolla Light“A 4-year-old dispute between a La Jolla homeowner’s association and the city of San Diego over water main breaks on Caminito Avola that allegedly caused road/hillside subsidence on Mt. Soledad has been settled.”

Poway considering new water rate structure / SignOnSanDiego“The Poway City Council recommended Tuesday night that staff members move forward with price increases and a two-tiered rate structure, while decreasing the sewage rate by 13 percent. The water rates will rise by 7.9 percent because of an impending price hike of raw water, which Poway buys from the San Diego County Water Authority…”

Naval base praised for ‘green’ initiatives / 10News“Naval Base San Diego…has cut its energy bill by 70 percent and saved 32 million gallons of water…has started installing timed shower heads that give people one minute to clean and one minute to rinse off.”

Californians should use less delta water, report says / LA Times“Exports to the San Joaquin Valley and the Southland could drop 30%…”It would obviously devastate water supplies,” said Roger Patterson, assistant general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California”

County Water Authority faces choices / SignOnSanDiego“The authority will decide for every resident of our county whether to sign a contract with a private firm, Poseidon Resources, to rely on a yet-to-be built ocean desalination factory at a price well over the current cost of other alternatives…We can safely purify our wastewater for reuse at a fraction of the cost of ocean desalination…”

ENCINITAS: Water restriction, cell project approval to remain in place / North County Times“Encinitas City Council members, in their role as the leaders of the San Dieguito Water District, voted Wednesday night to keep the district at a “Drought Level 2″ status. That means various water restrictions, including limits on the number of days people can irrigate their lawns and landscape, will remain in place.”

Water Authority reports regional water use down nearly 13 percent over last year [News Release] / San Diego County Water Authority“The savings exceeded the 8 percent mandatory target that was in effect for July 2009 through June 2010. As a result of the region’s conservation success, the region will avoid financial penalties from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the additional conserved water will be available to meet future needs.”

Water board tentatively OKs buying desalinated supply / SignOnSanDiego“The San Diego County Water Authority on Thursday moved ahead with plans to buy desalinated seawater from Poseidon Resources…Early projections swing from a slight increase to a possible long-term savings for households, although some critics say that desalted seawater may pump up bills by as much as 30 percent.”

County water use down nearly 13% / SignOnSanDiego“While officials celebrated their successes, they also warned about the potential for backsliding…In San Diego, water use rose 5 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago, prompting concern at City Hall. “Now is not the time to take our eyes off the ball,” Mayor Jerry Sanders said.”

Sick of sewage / No B.S.“Of San Diego’s eleven watersheds, the Tijuana River watershed is the largest. Most of it lies on the Mexican side of the border. It is also the watershed with some of the worst sewage pollution in our region.”


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