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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 6-12, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 12, 2011

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Harvesting a new water source – right at home / SignOnSanDiego : “With record-breaking rainfall, it’s hard to talk about future water shortages. In fact, they are a reality unless we develop new water. Our next new water supply will come from purifying wastewater with today’s advanced technologies to produce drinking water.”

[Editorial] MWD and beyond: Spend public funds wisely / SignOnSanDiego : “With MWD’s rates going up by more than 60 percent over the past four years, the fact that its executives racked up more than $160,000 in bills at restaurants and hotels around the nation in 2009 and 2010 is difficult to digest.”

East County residents speak out against proposed El Monte Valley water reclamation project / La Mesa Patch : “Dozens of Helix Water District (HWD) and Padre Dam Municipal Water District customers turned out at a public meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the controversial El Monte Valley Mining, Reclamation and Groundwater Recharge Project.”

Escondido moves towards indirect potable reuse / Desalination and Water Reuse : “The City of Escondido in southern California, USA, could be about to follow neighbour San Diego in setting up an indirect potable water-reuse (IPR) scheme as part of a wastewater facility upgrade costing about US$ 200 million.”

Wetland restoration project moves forward / SignOnSanDiego : “The San Diego Bay Coastal Wetland Restoration and Enhancement Project will restore 220 acres…”

Pipeline work to close SR 163 through Balboa Park / SignOnSanDiego : “If those evening drives through Balboa Park on State Route 163 are difficult to impossible next week, blame it on the $4.8 million Cabrillo Trunk Sewer pipeline rehabilitation project.”

Helix Operations Center gets solar panels / Helix Water District : “Helix Water District is partnering with Borrego Solar to create a new solar power source in East County, one that will produce 90 percent of the power used by Helix’s Nat L. Eggert Operations Center (OC) and, coincidently, provide shade for sensitive materials in its central storage yard.”

A border divide on environmental challenges / SignOnSanDiego : “A large ongoing sewage spill in Playas de Tijuana contaminated beaches on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for almost three weeks before California officials learned about it Jan. 18. Why did they not know sooner about this health threat that could have put thousands of San Diego beachgoers at risk? The answer is simple: We have our backs turned on Mexico.”


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