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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 20-26, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 26, 2011

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San Dieguito Lagoon heading back to its natural state / SignOnSanDiego : “After five years of deconstruction, a project to bring 150 acres of Del Mar wetlands back to their natural state is all but complete.”

Public to avoid Imperial Beach due to unsafe sewage levels / KFMB AM : “The contaminated area was expanded Sunday at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge shoreline…due to sewage-contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River that has entered the Tijuana Estuary.”

Water main breaks, 40 residences waterless / 10News : “An eight-inch cast iron water main broke in Encanto on Monday, leaving about 40 residences without service…”

Trial to begin in South Bay tainted water case / 10News : “Jury selection began Monday for a trial pitting the former owners of a Candy Bouquet franchise and the Otay Water District. Their store…was accidentally attached to a pipe which imports recycled water instead of clean, potable water.”

District to begin new effort to save water / Imperial Valley Press : “The goal is to save 63,000 acre-feet of water through targeted spill reductions and on-farm conservation…”

Most efficient water consumers pay the price, too / Voice of San Diego : “Despite heeding the call to conserve water, University City resident Dayna Hydrick’s water bill is higher than it was four years ago. She’s paying more money for less water.”

Solar projects won’t need county permits / Ramona Sentinel : “The solar projects are to be built at the [Ramona Municipal Water] district’s two sewage treatment plants — the San Vicente and the Santa Maria water reclamation plants — and are expected to save the water district more than $2 million over 20 years”

Chevron to pay San Juan Capistrano $1.5 million by April 7 / San Juan Capistrano Patch : “Chevron will pay the city of San Juan Capistrano at least $1.5 million to recover costs associated with the leak of a gasoline additive into the city’s water supply three years ago.”

Ramona Water Board adds $41,000 to project at San Vicente plant / Ramona Patch : “The Headworks Project was started in 2009 and has to do with making “improvements to the screenings washer/compactor to effectively remove organic matter and allow for proper washing of rags to prepare them for disposal…”

Planners nix sewer-pipe work this summer / San Diego News Room : “[T]he Ocean Beach Planning Group denied a city request to work all summer long to replace or repair nearly two miles of sewer lines in a $4 million project that involves Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.”

Clinic reaches milestone in sediment contamination process / San Diego Coastkeeper : “On March 11, our advocacy staff closed one chapter in a very long, contentious, and arduous book: cleaning up the toxic legacy of sediment contamination in San Diego Bay.”

San Diego water board calls on state to restore Salton Sea / : “The board linked a successful restoration program for the sea to the continued viability of several long-term Colorado River water conservation and transfer agreements that are essential for meeting the San Diego region’s present and future water supply needs, as well as to statewide efforts to help California live within its share of Colorado River water.”

Solar eclipsing the grid? / SignOnSanDiego : “In San Diego County, some of the biggest solar systems are being installed by water utilities. That’s because they have the space, the financial support and the need…”

Entities move forward in restoring sea / Imperial Valley Press : “To protect the Salton Sea, IID, SDCWA and Coachella Valley Water District already contributed $30 million, will deliver 165,000 acre-feet of water to offset losses from conservation programs, install five air quality monitoring stations and create 365 acres of new wildlife habitat…”

IN PERSON: Pool serviceman’s million-gallon idea: recycle dirty water / North County Times : “…every time the water in an average-sized pool is cycled, 15,000 to 20,000 gallons run down the drain or out to sea…Wettstein will park his company’s trailer in your driveway and recycle your pool water…it’s just reverse osmosis in a trailer…”

San Diego Regional Water Quality Data Portal / San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board : “The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board is pleased to announce the beta release of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Data Portal. The purpose of this project is to improve public access and use of regional water quality data maintained by regulatory and regulated agencies, and non-profit organization.”

Water agency delays more projects to save money / SignOnSanDiego : “Board members of the San Diego County Water Authority on Thursday tabled three more construction projects, bringing the total to 14 for the year. The most recent round of deferrals puts on hold $68 million in spending for at least three years.”

Water main break disrupts trolley’s Orange Line / SignOnSanDiego : “Flooding from a water main break on Commercial Street has forced the San Diego Trolley to bus passengers around a section of the Orange Line.”

IID communications upgrades keep tighter tap on water / Imperial Valley Press : “The system conservation program is a series of improvements to existing infrastructure and new construction that saves water through spill reduction while allowing delivery to water customers”

County water use edges up after long decline / SignOnSanDiego : “February saw an upswing — about 24 percent year-over-year — something the San Diego County Water Authority attributed to relatively dry and warm weather in [February] 2011 compared to 2010.”


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