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San Diego regional water news roundup Apr 13-21, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 22, 2011

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County Board of Supervisors votes to save water / Imperial Valley Press : “The county Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a policy that would require all landscaping of new county buildings to use xeriscaping. All county departments would also be encouraged to renovate older facilities with the low water-use technology.”

End of drought means little to water customers here / Ramona Sentinel : “While Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to the state’s three-year drought last week, the news may have little immediate impact for customers of the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD).”

Jury decides who pays in foul water suit / SignOnSanDiego : “Amy Wise and Angela Mason, who ran a candy and gift store at the Fenton Business Center in the Eastlake area, learned in August 2007 that the water flowing from the taps was actually partially treated sewage.”

PFINGSTEN: On festival weekend, a look at the avocado industry / North County Times : “In January 2007, overnight frost caused $38 million of crop damage countywide, and nine months later, in an ironic case of extremes, thousands of trees burned in the October firestorm. Even more harmful has been “the water issue”: Since January ’08, orchard owners have had to cut water consumption by nearly a third, leaving many without sufficient water to irrigate their thirsty trees.”

Helix to consider rate hike up to 40% at Wednesday’s meeting / East County Magazine : “staff wants the Board to “save for a dry year” and impose huge rate hikes on consumers–up to a whopping 40% for tier three users, as well as a 6.8% increase for tier two users. By contrast, tier one users would get a 23% drop in their rates.”

ENERGY: Encinitas company begins work on waste gas treatment plant / North County Times : “BioFuels Energy LLC of Encinitas broke ground on a $45 million methane treatment plant that will convert waste gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant into usable natural gas, the company said Monday.”

McCarthy begins construction for LEED platinum-designed UCSD Health Sciences Biomedical Lab / PRLog : “In response to San Diego County’s water shortage, the building’s design also dictates extensive reuse of water for landscape irrigation, as well as urinal and toilet flushing.”

Enviros say Marines befoul the ocean / Courthouse News Service : “The Camp Pendleton Marine Cops Base polluted the Pacific Ocean with nearly half a million gallons of sewage, San Diego Coastkeeper says in a federal complaint.”

REGION: Report shows farmland declines in San Diego and Riverside counties / North County Times : “…high water prices and competition from overseas crop exports combined during the mid- and late 2000s to force farmland out of production.”

2010 environmental report card / Voice of San Diego : “For the second year in a row, Councilman Carl DeMaio received the worst grade of all, despite a relatively light environmental docket. His grade reflects a persistent failure to recognize the environmental stewardship that voters have entrusted with him.”

VISTA: Water district approves fee increases for services / North County Times : “Fees that the Vista Irrigation District charges for engineering, construction and customer service will increase starting in July.”

Helix Water Board approves MOU for employees, weighs rate hike options / East County Magazine : “The MOU calls for employees to pay 2% of pension contributions this year and 4% next year. New hires will pay 4%. Rates seem likely to go up this fall…”


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