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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov. 19-23, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 24, 2010

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Update: no action for La Playa problem / Voice of San Diego : “With rain storms nearing and a potentially dangerous situation lurking on Kellogg Beach in La Playa…the city hadn’t sent anyone out and doesn’t know what’s happening.” Followup: The rain’s assault on La Playa.

FuelCell Energy to supply 4.5 megawatts of power / Go Green, Save Earth : “Three fuel cell power plants, including a 2.8 MW DFC3000, a 1.4 MW DFC1500 and a 300 kilowatt DFC300, will be installed at three different locations in the San Diego, California area and will utilize purified biogas from the Point Loma wastewater treatment plant as the primary fuel source for the generation of ultra-clean electricity.”

GEI Consultants selected to design the new San Vicente Bypass Pipeline / Water Online : “The San Vicente Bypass Pipeline is an integral part of the City of San Diego’s water conveyance infrastructure. It is used to deliver water directly from the Water Authority’s first aqueduct to the City’s Alvarado water treatment plant as well as to fill El Capitan Reservoir.”

Santa Fe Irrigation district board approves water rate hike / Del Mar Times : “In spite of the ratepayers’ objections, the board voted 3-2 at its Nov. 18 meeting to raise rates 12 percent on Feb. 1, 2011, and then again by up to 12 percent each of the following two years. The increases approved by the board come on top of rate increases of 50 percent over the past three years.”

Fall rains, snow boost water supply outlook / SignOnSanDiego : “However, water managers caution that the forecast is early and expected La Niña conditions could quickly close the storm doors for the winter months.”

Water district, Viejas to study sacred site / SignOnSanDiego : “Tribal leaders and officials with the Padre Dam Municipal Water District issued a brief statement late last week saying they have agreed to resume a cultural assessment of the land, just south of Lake Jennings Road and Interstate 8.”

Forum to consider water supplies / La Jolla Light : “San Diego Coastkeeper will host its quarterly Signs of the Tide public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 8. The event at the Urban Corps of San Diego offices at 3127 Jefferson St., includes a panel presentation examining the current water supply future for the San Diego region and how the region can create a stable water supply without devastating the coastline and major rivers.”

CARLSBAD: Water, sewer rates to rise / North County Times : “Carlsbad’s water district initially notified customers that their water rates could rise by a flat 18 percent next year, but on Tuesday night, the council selected a combination rate increase. Under the new fee increases, the average residential water bill will go up $6.14 a month, and the sewer bills will go up by $2.10.”

‘Our Drinking Water Will Come From…Where?’ / Governing : “Casting its eye to the Pacific Ocean, the San Diego County Water Authority thought it saw the solution to its drinking water woes. If a plant could be built to remove salt from the bright blue waters just beyond the county’s beaches, the utility’s 3 million customers would have a reliable, local source of drinkable water.”

Video adventures in East County: the Cuyamaca Flume / East County Magazine : “For this video adventure, I took a boat ride on El Capitan Reservoir to locate the Conejos Creek diverting dam (South Fork Feed) to the Cuyamaca Flume—once a major water source for our region. What I found was only half the dam, but still well preserved.”

Water to businesses temporarily shut off after trucker hits hydrant / Rancho Bernardo Patch : “About a half dozen businesses on the 12000 block of Carmel Mountain Road were temporarily without water on Monday after a trucker hit a fire hydrant, sending water soaring into the air.”

Water outlook brightens for state / North County Times : “The State Water Project has more water in storage than this time last year, said Deven Upadhyay, group manager of water resource management for Metropolitan Water District. The district, which serves nearly all of San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County, is Southern California’s biggest water wholesaler.”


2 Responses to “San Diego regional water news roundup Nov. 19-23, 2010”

  1. Burton Freeman said

    Thank you again, George, for the valuable service that you provide to the community. Summary information such as in your blog is hard to find; clearly, you dedicate a lot of time and effort to the search; thank you!

    One quibble: The article in GOVERNING once was interesting, but note the Dec. 2002 publication date. Eight-year old data are, well, dated.

  2. Yikes…I certainly did overlook that date. Thanks for the catch.

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