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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 1-7, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 8, 2012

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

Pipes to be replaced / U-T San Diego : “The Otay Water District will replace sewage pipes on several streets in Rancho San Diego’s Calavo Gardens community.”

Oceanside faces $1.57 million sewage fine / U-T San Diego : “Oceanside faces a fine of more than $1.5 million for a sewage spill of 5.35 million gallons that fouled Buena Vista Creek and the Pacific Ocean in December 2010.”

SCADA system monitors water transport, distribution, treatment / WaterWorld : “The scenic beach town of Carlsbad, CA, just north of San Diego, is known for its beautiful beaches, upscale homes and quaint shopping district. Water purchased from the San Diego County Water Authority is distributed to businesses and residences. Delivery of the potable water requires little to no pumping, as the water travels via a gravity feed from large storage tanks. Carlsbad’s SCADA system has been configured to control various equipment and monitor the water throughout this entire process.”

RMWD sees more delays with solar project / Ramona Sentinel : “If the latest target completion date for the Ramona Municipal Water District’s solar projects is met, it will be more than two years since the district paid $25,000 to reserve a rebate from the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). That $25,000 reservation fee is supposed to be refunded once the projects are completed, but CCSE’s California Solar Initiative’s incentive was set to expire on April 4…”

City beats national average on water loss / U-T San Diego : “The U-T’s recent front-page story about water-main breaks – “Water Main Breaks Plague City,” Feb. 27 – warrants a response to set the record straight.”

Cities of Coronado and Imperial Beach Team with California American Water and United States Environmental Protection Agency for Fix a Leak Week / Business Wire : “The cities of Coronado and Imperial Beach will proclaim March 12-18, “Fix a Leak Week,” to remind residents to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.”

A street view for rivers / New York Times : “Jared Criscuolo [a 30-year-old surfer who lives in San Diego] wants to go where no videographer has gone before: onto all of America’s rivers. Using the same technology harnessed by Google Maps, he is working to document the nation’s rivers as well as pollution levels in the water and the surrounding areas — the river equivalent of video street views.”

Water authority gains lawsuit support from RMWD, says refund possible / Ramona Sentinel : “Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) could be in for a sizable refund if its sole water provider is victorious in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”

Poway reps to oppose water rate increases / Pomerado News : “Two Poway representatives will travel to Los Angeles on Monday to protest a Metropolitan Water District proposal to increase its rates by 12.5 percent over the next two years.”

Water Authority Launches “MWD Facts: The Truth About the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California” / San Diego County Water Authority : ” [SDCWA] today launched a new website – — to provide greater information and transparency into the powerful and secretive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.”

City stormwater plans left in limbo / U-T San Diego : “The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday sent San Diego back to work on an unprecedented, 20-year proposal for flood-prevention work in creeks and channels.”


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