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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 1-6, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 6, 2011

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

Ready to stomach reclaimed water? / NBC San Diego : “For more than 15 years, ‘toilet-to-tap’ technology that reclaims sewer water for household use has been shouted down and shuddered over in San Diego. Now, given the astronomical price point of city water, what scientists call ‘Indirect Potable Re-Use’ is starting to look less unappetizing.”

Water levels up in reservoirs, but forecasts a concern / La Jolla Light : “Reservoirs in San Diego County and northern California contain much more water than they did at this time last year, but dry forecasts for the coming months might offset December’s rains, San Diego’s Public Utilities Department reported Wednesday.”

Water district receives insurance refund / Ramona Sentinel : “Melody McDonald, representing the California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority(ACWA/JPIA), presented a $69,160 refund check to the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board at the board’s Jan. 25 meeting.”

Marine protection act challenged in state court / SignOnSanDiego : “United Anglers of Southern California, the Coastside Fishing Club and San Diego fishing activist Robert Fletcher filed the lawsuit late last week in San Diego Superior Court.”

Reznik resurfaces at Sustainable San Diego / SignOnSanDiego : “Less than three months after announcing his resignation as executive director of the region’s largest clean water advocacy group, veteran environmental activist Bruce Reznik said Thursday that he’s taken a new job as director of Sustainable San Diego.”

RMWD looks at rate increases to pay for reservoir covers / Fallbrook Village News : [Rainbow Municipal Water District rate increase] “…would help the district collect money to pay for covering the four reservoirs in the district, as mandated by health department and the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Imperial Irrigation District board rejects state’s Salton Sea plan / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District board on Tuesday reversed its prior support for California’s preferred alternative plan for the Salton Sea restoration.”

Case management conference continued in water rate dispute case / San Diego Source : “A San Francisco judge has issued a continuance of the case management conference in the San Diego County Water Authority’s lawsuit challenging the rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. In response to MWD’s increased rates, the water authority has recently increased its rates for its customers, including the city of San Diego.”

WATER: Seeking water, water, everywhere / North County Times : “Over the last 20 years, the San Diego County Water Authority, the county’s water wholesaler, has achieved some impressive successes in developing a more reliable water supply. This includes conservation, which it counts as a new supply. But major challenges remain, and the county could still face water crises in the near future.”

WATER: A gallon saved is a gallon earned / North County Times : “A gallon of water you don’t need to import counts as much as a gallon from a new supply. So reasons the San Diego County Water Authority, which reckons conservation as equivalent to a new water supply for the drought-prone region.”


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