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San Diego regional water news roundup May 8-14, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 15, 2011

( Selected regional water news reports. Click headlines to read.)

Nine projects get Reclamation feasibility funding / Desalination & Water Reuse : “The Camp Pendleton desalination project in California is one of nine advanced water treatment and reuse projects in three US states selected for feasibility-study funding by the Bureau of Reclamation.”

County may get left out of conservation / SignOnSanDiego : “Water customers in San Diego County would keep paying for conservation programs — but would not get rebates and other benefits — under a move being considered today by Southern California’s regional water agency.”

Elderly San Diegans struggle to pay water bills / 10News : “As the cost of living and water rates continue to rise, one elderly La Jolla woman has taken extreme measures just to make sure she has water.”

ESCONDIDO: Wet year prompts city to end water restrictions / North County Times : “The end of California’s eight-year-long drought has prompted Escondido to lift mandatory water use restrictions, allowing residents to begin watering their lawns more frequently and giving the city’s many avocado farms a chance to revive dormant orchards.”

City poised to shut off water conservation rules / Pomerado News : “Two years of mandatory water use restrictions will end if the Poway City Council approves a recommendation from its staff on May 17. That does not mean, however, that Poway residents should go back to water-wasting ways, City Manager Penny Riley stressed.”

Escondido company unveils water-saving system / 10News : “The WRESY consists of an underground 150-gallon tank that captures water runoff from a lawn or landscaping. A computerized valve system then pumps water out of the tank, through the sprinkler system and back to the yard.”

New precedent: pollution permits for fireworks / SignOnSanDiego : “San Diego regional regulators on Wednesday became the first in the country to require a pollution permit for all fireworks shot over water, and federal officials signaled their intent to consider similar rules nationwide.”

Uranium in the water in Campo Hills / San Diego Reader : “With the price of gas the way it is, maybe a little uranium in the drinking water isn’t such a bad thing. Such is the situation facing residents of Campo Hills, a rustic community about 60 miles east of downtown.”

A new fence for neglected Chollas Creek / Voice of San Diego : “Chollas Creek, as anyone who’s ever peered into it would know, can be an unsightly thing to behold. The watershed that carries storm water from Lemon Grove and La Mesa to San Diego Harbor is one of San Diego’s most polluted waterways.”

River man: managing a confluence of ideas / SignOnSanDiego : “Rob Hutsel, at the San Diego River Garden in Mission Valley, is an important figure behind the push to create parks along the river.”


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