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San Diego regional water news roundup July 27-29, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 30, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

FORUM: Water district needs to cut limits / North County Times“In early July, the Olivenhain district’s board of directors assessed the local and state water situation and voted to go back to a Level 1 drought watch. This means water bills for residents and businesses served by Olivenhain would potentially go down…Unfortunately, the businesses and homeowners on the west side of the city won’t be similarly rewarded for their good behavior if the staff of the San Dieguito Water District has its way.”

Regulations akin to thorn in district’s side / Ramona Sentinel“The RMWD is still battling the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) about a notice of violation regarding the district’s portable generator at Hedy Lane and state Route 67. Now the California Emergency Management Agency wants a dam break analysis for the proposed Santa Maria Wastewater Service Area’s wet weather storage ponds. The analysis would cost the district approximately $31,000.”

SAN MARCOS: Water district plants seeds of conservation / North County Times“Three vast rain tanks are the start of a sustainable garden that the Vallecitos Water District said it hopes will inspire its customers to choose water conservation measures and drought-resistant landscaping for their own yards.”

Cost of water system has bubbled up / SignOnSanDiego“A new water filtration system planned for Sweetwater Authority’s treatment plant in Spring Valley has more than doubled in cost, growing from $4.1 million to $10.5 million.”

Tracking IB’s ‘smelly water’ / SignOnSanDiego“One leading theory is that the smell is from the South Bay Ocean Outfall, which deposits treated sewage from the United States and Mexico about 3.5 miles offshore near Imperial Beach.”

Water agency accused of extortion! / KUSI“This sorry situation began when part of a fence around her home got knocked down, including a gate for a water authority easement. When she tried to rebuild it, they told her she’d have to remove huge trees on that easement first, at her own expense.”

Report: SD beach water quality best in SoCal / 10News“San Diego County fared better than much of the rest of Southern California last year in terms of beach water quality, but pollution problems persist in certain areas, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental organization.”

Report shows poor water quality at some beaches in San Diego / KPBS“The report shows that last year 6 percent of the samples taken in San Diego County violated state standards. That compares to 16 percent of the samples in Los Angeles County.”

Hundreds of birds found dead at local reservoir / 10News“The Sweetwater Reservoir provides water for 186,000 South Bay residents, but it is possible the water could be contaminated with avian botulism. Only a handful of Western and Clark’s Grebe remain after almost the entire population of the water bird on the Sweetwater Reservoir was wiped out.”

Water: save it, lose cash / North County Times“Since the state introduced mandatory water conservation measures, San Diego County residents and businesses have performed like champs, exceeding water-saving goals. But for folks in Encinitas, no good deed goes unpunished.”

Proposed water exchange would help replenish Diamond Valley Lake / North County Times“Located near Hemet, Diamond Valley Lake is Metropolitan’s biggest reservoir, with a capacity of 800,000 acre-feet. It was opened in 1999 to provide supplementary storage for San Diego County and other nearby population centers. But it’s now just half-full…”

Agencies seek to contain water and energy costs together / North County Times“The Lake Hodges Projects, as they are called, will connect Hodges Reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, with Olivenhain Reservoir, owned by the Water Authority. SDG&E will benefit because the projects include generators that can produce 40 megawatts of hydroelectric power…”


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