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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 11-16, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 17, 2011

(click headlines to see sourced stories)

California’s Padre Dam MWD named 2010 plant of the year / Wastewater Press Releases : “The facility, which also includes a water quality laboratory, is operated and maintained by an eight person staff under the direction of the Plant Manager, Gary Canfield. CWEA also recognized three of Canfield’s employees with individual awards for innovations that are saving Padre Dam’s ratepayers tens of thousands of dollars.”

REGION: Planners say older population to lessen water demand / North County Times : “Thousands more residents are expected to live in apartments or condominiums, many at retirement communities. Water use is significantly less at retirement communities than at traditional single-family homes, where lawns and swimming pools are a big draw on water…”

Rising water rates making an impact on region’s economy / San Diego Business Journal : “…the rising cost is due to water becoming scarcer, the need to replace and repair aging infrastructure to ensure reliable water supply, and improvements required to maintain the quality of water to meet state and federal restrictions.”

WATER: Agency looks to power industry for lessons / North County Times : “Water agencies must cut use by 20 percent in less than a decade under a state mandate. To meet that ambitious goal, Southern California’s biggest water supplier, Metropolitan Water District, is looking at lessons from the power industry. However, San Diego’s main water supplier, the San Diego County Water Authority, says Metropolitan is taking too big a role in meeting the mandate.”

Carlsbad: Commercial water users can get free water audits / SignOnSanDiego : “Commercial water customers in Carlsbad are eligible for free irrigation audits, the city has announced. The inspections will be part of a San Diego County Water Authority and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation program.”

SD City Council approves groundwater study / 10News : “The San Diego City Council on Monday approved a contract with the U.S. Geological Survey to study groundwater below Chollas Creek and the San Pasqual Valley to see if it can be developed into drinking water.”

Utilities bonus program faces demise / SignOnSanDiego : “Mayor Jerry Sanders said in January’s state of the city speech that he aims to end Bid to Goal, which has drawn fire for awarding bonuses to 90 percent of water and wastewater employees through the years. But to do that, he must bring various changes to the City Council for approval because the incentive program was negotiated with employee unions.”

Extreme tides offer look at rising sea levels / SignOnSanDiego : “Some of the biggest tides of the year will roll up on San Diego County beaches Thursday and Friday, offering a glimpse into what might become typical if ocean levels rise as scientists predict over the next 40 to 90 years.”


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