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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 25-31, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 1, 2011

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Former Poway leader appointed to water board / SignOnSanDiego : “James Bowersox was recently sworn in as one of Metropolitan’s 37 board members, representing member agency San Diego County Water Authority.”

Del murky Mar / San Diego Reader : “On December 27, 3375 gallons of sewage gushed into the Zanja Creek after crews from San Diego’s Waste Water Department unblocked a clogged sewage pipe in San Diego’s Fairbanks Ranch community.”

REGION: Desalination projects stymied in California / North County Times : “Desalination efforts in Southern California have been stymied by regulatory red tape and a disjointed industry. The cost and barriers to entry for desalination companies also remain very high. Such plants require hundreds of millions of dollars to build using complicated technology.”

Is Leucadia’s flooding problem really Old Encinitas’ problem? / The Coast News : “Although the system in the Leucadia area handled the storm all though the morning hours, at about 1:50 p.m. the city decided to open a gate valve on Vulcan by RCP to release water from the east side of the railroad tracks south of Union Street. In doing so, it overtaxed the system downstream in Leucadia and caused flooding in the sump areas west of 101, coming close to flooding and endangering more than 20 homes.”

Ramona sewage system challenged by rain / SignOnSanDiego : “The main sewage treatment plant in Ramona was inundated with wastewater during the heavy storms last week, once again challenging its capacity and prompting employees to work around the clock to prevent wastewater from spilling into waterways.”

After all this rain, will San Diego drop water restrictions? / KFMB : “Since June 2009, the city has been under a level 2 drought alert, with mandatory restrictions on things like running your sprinklers or washing your car. Authorities say don’t expect those restrictions to be lifted anytime soon.”

CWA vote entitlement percentage drops slightly for area agencies / Fallbrook Village News : “When the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) board approved the 2011 vote entitlement for CWA member agencies Dec. 9, the Rainbow Municipal Water District, the Fallbrook Public Utility District, and Camp Pendleton were all given a slight decrease in their weighted vote compared to the agencies’ 2010 vote entitlements.”


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