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San Diego regional water news roundup Jun 8-14, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 15, 2012

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

Water Authority files new lawsuit against Metropolitan Water District challenging 2013 and 2014 water rates / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority Friday filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California over its adopted wholesale water rates for calendar years 2013 and 2014. The new lawsuit is necessary because the case filed by the Water Authority in June 2010 – challenging MWD’s water rates for 2011 and 2012 and raising many of the same issues presented in the new lawsuit – has not been resolved….”

New rates approved for California American Water customers in San Diego County / FinanzNachrichten : “On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission issued an order increasing 2011 and 2012 revenues for California American Water in its San Diego County service district…and will increase rates by about 12.2 percent from current levels. California American Water’s San Diego County service district includes approximately 21,000 households and businesses and serves a population of about 95,000 people in the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, south Chula Vista, and parts of south San Diego.”

County seeks to reduce uranium levels in Campo Hills water / San Diego Reader : “San Diego County is requesting bids from private contractors to reduce uranium levels found in drinking water at wells supplying the Campo Hills development in the East County community of Campo to safe levels.”

Bay cleanup delay rejected; plans due today / U-T San Diego : “San Diego pollution regulators have rejected requests by groups responsible for a major sediment cleanup to delay filing their action and monitoring plans. They are expected to outline strategies for removing an estimated 143,400 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from San Diego Bay at the cost of roughly $70 million.”

The Salton Sea fades away, and a town with it / NPR : “In the middle of California’s driest desert is the Salton Sea, the state’s largest lake. Once a popular tourist destination, the storied salty and toxic lake nestled in the Imperial Valley has been slowly shrinking over the years. A water transfer deal passed in 2003 could speed up that process, and some are now worried it could be an environmental and health disaster for the region.”

Three dimensional hydrodynamic model to assess Indirect Potable Reuse/Reservoir Augmentation in San Vicente Reservoir / 16th Annual WateReuse & Desalination Research Conference, June 4 – 5, 2012 : [Informative slides from the presentation – Gj]

Entities responsible for bay sediment cleanup file plans / U-T San Diego : “Companies and agencies responsible for cleaning contaminated sediment from San Diego Bay filed work and post-project monitoring plans on Tuesday, making a deadline set by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The groups earlier asked for more time, but the board rejected delays.”

Study: pensions prod water rate hikes / U-T San Diego : “Increasing pension and labor costs play a role in San Diego residents’ rising water bills, officials with the San Diego County Taxpayers Association said in a report released Tuesday.”

Water Purification Demonstration Project: tailoring outreach efforts based on research findings / San Diego Public Utilities Department : Slideshow from presentation at the 16th Annual WateReuse & Desalination Research Conference, June 4 – 5, 2012.

Fallbrook’s shrinking avocado / San Diego Reader : “Since the first avocado trees were planted in 1912, Fallbrook’s avocado industry’s been thriving. The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce estimates annual sales near $26 million. However, due to water-access issues, the size of the average avocado is shrinking. This year’s harvest, though comparable to last year’s in quantity, is yielding lower profits due to smaller fruit.”

Water district pension, healthcare liabilities raising consumer rates / Scoop San Diego/Mission Times Courier : “Double-digit percentage increases in labor costs and a growth in pension and other post-employment liabilities in the tens of millions of dollars over the past decade are keeping consumer water rates artificially high to cover the expenses. These findings come from a new report the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation (SDTEF), the research arm of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.”

Sewer bill changes in La Mesa / U-T San Diego : “…a city study led officials to conclude that heavy users of the sewer system were being charged too little and were being subsidized by ratepayers who use the system less. That will change July 1, when heavier users will begin to be charged more…. Also changing is the way the city charges customers for the service. Effective July 1, La Mesa residents will pay for their sewer services as part of their yearly property tax bill…”


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