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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 14-24, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 24, 2011

( A selective roundup of regional water news reports. Click headline to read full story at originating website.)

A history of death threats, scandal and sewage-tainted water / Voice of San Diego : “In the last decade, the Otay Water District has delivered sewage to drinking water taps, tried to squelch criticism with legal action and endured costly litigation from its customers, employees and board members.”

Lightner puts welcome focus on water / SignOnSanDiego : “…we welcome San Diego Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s push to overhaul city water policies, which she’s expected to lay out at today’s City Council meeting.”

Helix Water District General Manager Mark Weston to retire in December / Lemon Grove Patch : “After 10 years as general manager of the Helix Water District, Mark Weston announced his retirement as of December 30. Before serving as GM, Weston spent three years as Helix’s director of engineering. He has 38 years experience in water, wastewater, municipal infrastructure engineering, and management.”

San Diego frames water policy for the future / SignOnSanDiego : “The San Diego City Council on Monday laid out an overarching strategy for meeting water demands with the unanimous adoption of a “comprehensive” water policy with the ultimate goal of giving the city more certainty over its water supply.”

Increasing San Diego’s water supply / San Diego Coastkeeper : “There are a number of ways to expand water supply in San Diego. San Diego Coastkeeper supports following the route of reduce, reuse, recycle, before attempting to find new sources.”

Mexico’s newest export To U.S. may be water / Huffington Post : “Western states are looking south of the border for water to fill drinking glasses, flush toilets and sprinkle lawns, as four major U.S. water districts help plan one of two huge desalination plant proposals in Playas de Rosarito, about 15 miles south of San Diego.”

River Blitz surveys the state of Santee’s river parks / Santee Patch : “The San Diego River Park Foundation and its volunteers are hard at work keeping river clean, especially in Santee. See photos of the latest river survey.”

Wave of state actions could hike water rates / SignOnSanDiego : “Most immediately, the California Air Resources Board on Thursday is expected to approve a sweeping plan to attack greenhouse gas emissions that, by some accounts, could cost the San Diego County Water Authority at least $5 million a year…”

City flood control system under siege / SignOnSanDiego : “When a sinkhole bigger than a commuter bus opened up on a University City road earlier this month, it created a headache for people who work nearby. The cause was traced to a corrugated metal storm water pipe, which today is known for chronic failures.”

Water district’s public hearing on rates scheduled for Tuesday / Ramona Sentinel : “The Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) will hold a public hearing for proposed water and sewer rates for fiscal year 2011-12 at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.”

Santa Fe Irrigation District customers to receive fluoridated drinking water — temporarily / Del Mar Times : “A planned upgrade to a water filtration plant operated by the Santa Fe Irrigation District means that for the first time, the district’s 20,000 residents will receive fluoridated drinking water over a six-week period beginning Jan. 1.”

 

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