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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 25-31, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 31, 2011

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

City Council moves ahead on flood control plan / SignOnSanDiego : “The project, expected to cost roughly $60 million, still needs final sign-offs from state and federal regulators. It’s expected to start in September if it survives environmental appeals that are that likely.”

Water billing system ‘not where we want to be’ / SignOnSanDiego : “Since San Diego launched a new $24 million water and sewer billing system in July, ratepayers have complained that they’ve been overcharged or can’t pay their bills online — leading to some shut-offs while people try to resolve the issues.”

Did California overreach in promising to help the Salton Sea? /
New York Times : “For several years, Imperial County has been arguing in state court that the Imperial Irrigation District’s agreement to send one-tenth of its Colorado River water supply to San Diego and other urban areas deprives the sea of agricultural runoff and makes matters worse.”

Motion to expand San Diego County Water Authority lawsuit against MWD granted / North County Times : “The San Diego County Water Authority succeeded Thursday in adding new causes of action in its lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District over its rates.”

Murky waters: Helix limits input of directors and public in hiring general manager / East County Magazine : “Without calling for a vote, Helix Water District Board Director DeAna Verbeke announced during the October 19 board meeting that a subcommittee of two board and two staff members, not the full board, will handle screening applications to replace retiring General Manager Mark Weston. Verbeke then appointed herself and board member Chuck Muse (who was absent), to comprise the subcommittee…”

Water runs through it / SignOnSanDiego : “The newest exhibit at the Water Conservation Garden looks like a typical burbling fountain until Executive Director Marty Eberhardt throws some water on the concrete that encircles it. In an instant, the water vanishes. This disappearing act owes its magic to permeable concrete that allows water to pass through to the ground below.”

New Water Rates Go Into Effect Nov. 1 / Ramona Patch : “Ramona’s water rates will stay the same for customers using treated water, while untreated water could go up as much as 82 cents a unit.”

Tunnel costs rose by $298 million over time / SignOnSanDiego : “Before the San Diego County Water Authority approved building an 11-mile tunnel from Rancho Peñasquitos to the San Vicente Reservoir in 2005, the engineering firm estimated the project would cost $161 million.”

Massive California farm-to-city water deal snared in litigation / Los Angeles Times : “The 2003 agreement between the rural Imperial Valley and heavily urbanized San Diego County was billed as a win-win. But a case of sellers’ remorse has set in, with the Salton Sea’s fate a key issue.”

Board adopts new rates after customer protests / Ramona Sentinel : “After four hours of speaker protests, board discussion, a recess, more board deliberation, a closed session and a return to open session, Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) directors adopted water and sewer rates for fiscal year 2011-12 at its Oct. 25 meeting. Those rates include an increase for agricultural customers.”


One Response to “San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 25-31, 2011”

  1. merle moshiri said

    while we’re on the subject of rising costs, care to take a peek at the request from Poseidon Resources for $780,000,000 from the IBank? just how much IS this water going to cost? You’ll never know,

    merle moshiri, President
    Residents for Responsible Desalination
    Huntington Beach,ca

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