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San Diego regional water news roundup Jul 18-24, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 25, 2011

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

Pure Technologies announces contract extension in San Diego / Water & Wastes Digest : “This contract builds on the work that initially commenced in 2005 when Pure was retained by the SDCWA [San Diego County Water Authority] to install a temporary acoustic monitoring system in sections of the authority’s pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP).”

Bill would limit copper-based boat paint / SignOnSanDiego : “Under pressure from water-quality regulators, the Unified Port of San Diego has joined forces with Sen. Christine Kehoe to push legislation that would require most recreational boaters to gradually shift to new paints that contain little copper and dissolve into the water more slowly.”

IID director asks for QSA lawyer to be placed on agenda / Imperial Valley Press : “Imperial Irrigation District Director John Pierre Menvielle continued his support of bringing in another lawyer to work on the nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer and said it needs to happen now. He asked that hiring Charles DuMars, an attorney from New Mexico who has worked for a group opposing the IID’s motion to appeal the invalidated Quantification Settlement Agreement, be brought back to the board at the July 26 meeting for information and in early August for action…”

County road project to cost water district about $3.8 million / Ramona Sentinel : “The San Vicente Road improvement project will cost Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) about $3.8 million to relocate water mains. To pay for that, customers could see a water rate increase next year…”

Helix Water District notes proposed rate hikes at sparsely attended forum / Mount Helix Patch : “In an effort to explain the proposed rate hike for its water customers, Helix Water District offered a public forum Thursday night, which was sparsely attended. The main cause of the increase is that the cost of wholesale water, which the district purchases from the Metropolitan Water Authority, is going up.”


2 Responses to “San Diego regional water news roundup Jul 18-24, 2011”

  1. Burt Freeman said

    The legal battle over the QSA (involving around half of our water supply) appears to be a VERY BIG DEAL for San Diego County! Can anyone (another lawyer, maybe) give us poor water users and ratepayers a big picture of what the probabilities of various outcomes might be and what that might imply for our water future?

    • I second that request. I’ve gathered a limited amount of info about the QSA on this blog under the Topics menu, but I’ve been unsuccessful getting good inside information. The standard reaction from most everyone I ask is either “don’t know” or “can’t comment because it’s under litigation.”

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