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San Diego regional water news roundup Mar 24-31, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 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.

County water authority wants author of transfer study removed / North County Times : “The San Diego County Water Authority has taken exception to the role of Steven P. Erie, a UC San Diego political science professor, as an author of a $50,000 study of its water transfer deal with the Imperial Irrigation District.”

Study of water transfer pact commissioned by opponents, documents reveal / North County Times : “A cabal of 20 agencies controlling the powerful Metropolitan Water District secretly commissioned a purportedly independent study intended to discredit a landmark deal bringing water from the Imperial Valley to San Diego County, the San Diego County Water Authority says.”

San Diego vs MWD / Aguanomics : “The San Diego County Water Authority says that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is run by a secret society…Bottom Line: MWD will continue to under-perform on political, economic and environmental measures while it pretends to have abundant water for all its member agencies. MWD needs to change its water management institutions before change is forced upon it.”

Local water plan would cap rate hikes at 3% / U-T San Diego : “The San Diego County Water Authority on Monday released a plan it said would allow the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to cap average rate increases for 2013 and 2014 at 3 percent.”

Investigation Under Way Into Chemical Spill Near Lake Dixon / : “An investigation was under way in Escondido Tuesday to determine what caused about 15,000 gallons of lye to spill at a water-filtration complex near Lake Dixon and into a nearby canyon. Crews discovered sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye, leaking out of two malfunctioning 15,000-gallon storage tanks…”

Tribe drills to test underground water in private property / : “A couple living behind a barricade imposed by the Rincon Band of Mission Indians got a visit Monday morning from workers hired by the tribe to drill holes on the property. This was the latest salvo in a five-year battle to get the owner of the property to comply with the Valley Center tribe’s environmental regulations.”

WiLDCOAST Pushes for Increased Focus on Uncollected Sewage Flows That Cause Beach Closures / WildCoast/span> : “Yesterday, the United States District Court heard a report from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board that identified improvements needed at the International Waste Water Treatment Plant. The plant is operated by the United States International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) and treats sewage collected in Tijuana, Mexico.”

Metropolitan Water District responds to U-T San Diego editorial / Metropolitan Water District of Southern Calfonia : “The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan), has initiated litigation challenging Metropolitan’s water rate structure. This litigation is a straight-forward business dispute regarding rate setting. Casting this business dispute in the public arena as a conspiracy issue does a disservice to ratepayers, the general public – and, it is patently false.”

Getting a charge out of turning sewage into drinking water / North County Times : “Sewage is one step closer to moving from noxious pollutant to a fuel and source of fresh water, according to a report delivered Wednesday at the American Chemical Society convention. A prototype purification machine uses bacteria to purify the water and now produce a significant amount of electricity in the proces”

Salty and getting fresh / The Economist : “IF CALIFORNIA were not already so famous for Silicon Valley and Hollywood, it might be renowned for the cluster of water-technology firms in its San Diego County. The reverse-osmosis (RO) spiral module, the trick that underpins turning sea- and waste-water into potable stuff, was patented in San Diego in 1964. Today dozens of firms in the area supply many of the world’s roughly 13,000 RO plants in places from the Persian Gulf and Israel to Australia, China, Singapore and Spain.”

Value of tap water focus of new PBS segment / Wall Street Journal Market Watch : “The value of California tap water, especially when compared with other household services, is the focus of the latest segment of the “California’s Water” series for public television. Produced by Huell Howser and underwritten by members of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), the new segment debuts April 3 in San Diego and Sacramento and will air throughout the month on PBS affiliates around the state.”


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