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San Diego regional water news roundup May 15-19, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 20, 2011

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

Water giant should back off retaliation / SignOnSanDiego : “…in its latest dispute with the county water authority, what MWD is being open and transparent about is its interest in punishing the residents of San Diego County who are water authority customers by denying them rebates and benefits for their efforts to conserve water.”

Wastewater getting new life across county / SignOnSanDiego : “Drought fears are fading for San Diego County residents, but lessons of the past three dry years have pushed utility leaders across region toward an unprecedented array of projects for turning sewage into usable supplies for irrigation, industry and even drinking water.”

City well is running dry / San Diego Reader : “For next fiscal year, in his 2012 budget, the mayor set aside $54,084 for water dispensers…the Natural Resource Committee will vote to regulate bottled water products and Styrofoam cups from city departments.”

‘Water Smart’ elementary students show off in county competition / San Diego Unified School District : “Out of more than 450 entries from around San Diego County, students from Barnard, Sunset View, Hawthorne and Wegeforth elementary schools were among the dozen honored recently by 2011 Be Water Sm”ART” Essay Contest, sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego County Office of Education.”

Water agencies consider consolidation / SignOnSanDiego : “Four financially strapped water agencies in North County announced Monday they are in talks to consolidate operational and administrative work, an unusual maneuver designed as a cost-cutting measure.”

REGION: Area water districts consider sharing resources to cut costs / North County Times : “The heads of four inland North County water districts are considering sharing equipment and forming a joint powers authority to save money at a time of escalating expenses.”

Padre water may lower rates, boost fees / SignOnSanDiego : “The Padre Dam Municipal Water District is looking to reduce water rates, but consumers may not see lower monthly bills because the agency is also weighing a hike in its fixed fees.”

Clean Water Now! at international treatment plant in San Ysidro / Imperial Beach Patch : “The new plant will mean that the ocean outfall pipe located more than three miles from shore just north of the U.S.-Mexico border will discharge considerably cleaner water for Imperial Beach and Coronado.”

River park will join lawsuit against fairgrounds / SignOnSanDiego : “The San Dieguito River Park will join Del Mar and Solana Beach in a lawsuit challenging the Del Mar Fairgrounds recently self-approved master plan for expansion.”

Lemon Grove residents will pay more to flush their toilets / SignOnSanDiego : “Monthly charges for a single family home will go from the current $40.18 to $41.69 and then will be increased a maximum amount of 3.75 percent each additional year through 2016, when the cost will be $48.30 per month.”

Union-Tribune article erred on La Mesa sewer rates / La Mesa Patch : “La Mesa would like to point out that there was a mistake made in the calculation of its sewer rate. The calculation was made using La Mesa’s total “bimonthly” base charge instead of half this figure which should have been done to calculate a “monthly” bill.”

LAKE ELSINORE: Questions raised about hydroelectric project / Press-Enterprise : “A May 6 letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Vista-based Nevada Hydro Co. and the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District calls “into question the viability” of the application for the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage project.”

Kevin Kelley appointed new general manager of IID / Imperial Valley Press : “The district will offer Kelley a contract, effective as of Tuesday’s meeting, with a $241,000 salary, no bonuses and a review after the first year. The district is dealing with many issues, like expanding its transmission system and working through the nation’s largest water transfer, the Quantification Settlement Agreement.”


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