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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 27-Sep 1, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 1, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Local landscapers take action to save water in San Diego landscapes / San Diego Source : “The San Diego Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association is proud that CLCA’s Water Management Certification Program recently received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Label.”

OCEANSIDE: Officials say water and sewer rates must go up / North County Times : “Oceanside’s combined water and sewer bills would increase by $16.10 a month for a typical, single-family homeowner over the next year in a series of rate increases that city officials said are unavoidable if Oceanside is to keep its sewer system operating and cover the rising price the city must pay for water from its supplier.”

Golf courses dealing with brown near their greens / SignOnSanDiego : “With drought restrictions and the increasing cost of water in San Diego County, some north inland golf courses have been forced to allow parts of their once-lush landscapes to die — a problem that could be remedied by access to reclaimed water, several course superintendents said.”

Escondido farmers could see water rate hike / 10News : “The city has been almost completely subsidizing farms for decades, but with the majority of the city’s water being shipped in and the cost increasing, the deal is becoming harder to maintain.”

Oil sheen remains mystery; Coast Guard seeks clues / SignOnSanDiego : “That incident apparently is unrelated to unusual water conditions reported Monday at the Imperial Beach pier, where atypically brown water mystified beach goers and lifeguards.”

Obecians get new pipes / San Diego Reader : “The extensive sewer repair and replacement project — which will tear up one of the main thoroughfares in Ocean Beach — is due to last nine months.”

Money for water quality testing is in jeopardy / KPBS : “An article in the LA Times says statewide testing of coastal waters for dangerous levels of bacteria is down by nearly 50 percent since 2005. Mark McPherson, with the County of San Diego, said San Diego has not cut that much.”

Seeking clues to quagga quandary / SignOnSanDiego : “A promising solution to the quagga-mussel invasion that threatens water supplies in San Diego and other parts of the West could soon be tested in open waters for the first time in the U.S., a leading quagga expert said Monday.”

REGION: Water districts may face tougher standards / North County Times : “A reinterpretation of federal wastewater standards might require San Diego County water districts to remove bacteria from water they discharge miles out at sea, revising earlier rules that apply those standards only to wastewater released near shore.”

OCEANSIDE: Council explains need for rate increases / North County Times : “Oceanside City Council members said Wednesday there was little they could do to avoid water and sewer rate increases that would boost the monthly charges for a typical homeowner by $16.10 within the next year.”


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