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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 23-29, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 1, 2012

A selected roundup of news related to the San Diego regional water supply system. Click headlines for the full story at originating website.

Water Authority Board affirms support for fixing bay-delta / San Diego County Water Authority : “In affirming its support for a Bay-Delta fix, the Water Authority Board endorsed a set of policy principles to guide staff in evaluating projects and actions relating to the Bay-Delta. In all, the Board approved 23 principles related to water supply reliability, ecosystem restoration, finance and funding, facility size, and access to and governance of State Water Project facilities.”

Water Authority votes to give lawsuit proceeds to members — if it wins / North County Times : “If the San Diego County Water Authority wins its lawsuit alleging overcharging by Metropolitan Water District, most of the proceeds will go to the authority’s member agencies in San Diego County, the authority board voted Thursday.”

San Vicente Dam raise update February 2012 / San Diego County Water Authority : “Channel H20 went back out to the San Vicente Dam Raise to see how construction is progressing. Roller-compacted concrete is still being placed, and real progress can be seen. This will be the tallest roller-compacted concrete dam raise in the world, more than doubling the amount of water San Vicente Reservoir can store for the region’s needs.”

Water main project vexes Pacific Beach / NBC San Diego : “It’s a sight that’s become all too common along stretches of more than two dozen streets throughout Pacific Beach — frequent fallout from a 3-year, 8-mile, $10 million city infrastructure upgrade.”

43rd Street and Logan Avenue storm water filtration pilot project / Think Blue San Diego : “The project includes a biofiltration basin and filtration cells designed to improve water quality. The Chollas Creek Watershed is listed on the federal government’s “303(d) List of Impaired Waters” for metals and bacteria…”

Cost of main breaks, water loss add up for city / Investigative Newsource : “San Diego has paid out at least $10 million to settle claims and pay contractors for repairs to private property that was damaged by water main breaks during the past eight years. More than $350,000 of that was to house people forced from their homes by the breaks.”

Behind the story – water main breaks / Investigative Newsource : “In examining some of the problems caused by San Diego’s aging water infrastructure, Investigative Newsource primarily examined three sets of data produced by the city…”

Map it! Water main breaks by neighborhood / Investigative Newsource : “We mapped all the water main breaks in the city since 2004. You can see some clusters, where the same stretch of pipe ruptured many times. Zero in on your street and see details of each break.”

Future of water on public display for San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project / Scoop San Diego : “Located in northern San Diego, the Advanced Water Purification (AWP) Facility is a small-scale, state-of-the-art facility that purifies one million gallons of recycled water every day to a level similar to distilled water quality…”

Infrastructure: buried no longer / American Water Works Association : “The massive investment needed for buried drinking water infrastructure in the United States totals more than $1 trillion between now and 2035. The need will double from roughly $13 billion a year today to almost $30 billion (in 2010 dollars) annually by the 2040s, and the cost will be met primarily through higher water bills and local fees, according to a new AWWA report.”

SD stormwater plans hit snag at Coastal Commission / U-T San Diego : “San Diego’s plan to maintain storm drains and creek beds over 20 years has run into opposition at the California Coastal Commission, possibly forcing the city to recast a complex and costly program for minimizing flooding.”

Helix Water District GM says pensions will be on the table / Helix Patch : “Carlos Lugo says: “We’re going to have to address that issue” in 2013 talks with bargaining units.”

Board supports County Water Authority lawsuit / San Diego CountyNewsCenter : “The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday to support a lawsuit accusing the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California of overcharging the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), and as a result, San Diego County ratepayers. The County joins the cities of Escondido, San Diego and Oceanside plus nine local water districts in supporting the Water Authority…”

Ultra-purified recycled water cleaner than imported water / San Diego Coastkeeper : “The City of San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project has been on-line since last summer, and the first set of water quality testing results are just rolling in. As expected, the news is great!”

SD sewage pumps need new generators / NBC San Diego : “When the power went out all over our region last year, millions of gallons of raw sewage poured into the Pacific and San Diego Bay. Now the city is having to spend big bucks to prevent a re-run, if there’s another blackout.”

Waterworks in San Diego need help / The Vista : “A group called Investigative Newsource estimates that the amount of water lost in the past eight years totals about 360 million gallons. However, rather than taking these statistics as reasons to rework the system, city officials are taking the opportunity to defend their work.”


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