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San Diego regional water news roundup Sep 1-7, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 8, 2011

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

Proposed sewer service rate increase information / El Cajon Public Works Dept. : “CDM has recommended a 33% rate increase, effective January 1, 2012, followed by four (4) additional 9% rate increases on July 1 of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.”

Tiered water rate brings cascade of concern / SignOnSanDiego : “To much fanfare, Sweetwater approved a plan last August that rewards those who conserve water through steeply tiered rates…The measure has created a summertime budget pinch — mostly for residents of Bonita, where properties tend to be larger.”

A mystery partner in plan to tap Mexico’s ocean / Voice of San Diego : “The Otay Water District has spent at least $674,000 on its plan to buy water from a seawater desalination plant planned across the border in Rosarito Beach…has committed to spend $4 million more.”

Spanish company to build Baja California’s first large desal plant / SignOnSanDiego : “A Spanish company has been selected to build and operate Baja California’s first large-scale desalination plant, a reverse osmosis facility that is expected to supply drinking water to more than 96,000 people in Ensenada.”

OCEANSIDE: State suspends Buena Vista Lagoon restoration / North County Times : “The California Department of Fish and Game has suspended work on plans to restore Buena Vista Lagoon to its natural saltwater habitat, citing a lack of cooperation from a handful of beachfront property owners.”

San Dieguito Watershed tests ‘better than most’ / Del Mar Times : “As part of the largest volunteer-based water quality monitoring program in the state, Coastkeeper tested waters recently and their results for the San Dieguito Watershed show local oceans are in relatively good condition compared to other areas of San Diego.”

District board votes to suspend El Monte Valley Project / Helix Water District : “The Helix Water District board of directors today voted to suspend the El Monte Valley Mining, Reclamation, and Groundwater Recharge Project . The project halt is primarily due to a delay in the availability of advanced treated recycled water and increased project cost.”

Helix suspends water reclamation project / SignOnSanDiego : “A $200 million East County project that would have bolstered water supplies with highly treated wastewater has been suspended because of high cost and other obstacles.”


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