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San Diego regional water news roundup Jun 22-30

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 1, 2012

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

San Diego County Water Authority to develop Drupal site with Achieve Internet / PR Web : “Achieve Internet, Inc., the premier Southern California provider of enterprise Drupal solutions, has been awarded a contract by the San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority) to develop a new website focused on water conservation. WaterSmart will promote water-use efficiency and serve as a key resource for San Diego County residents.”

Decontaminating decades of pollution: innovative project aims to transform the New River / Sacramento Press : “There’s new hope for one of North America’s most polluted rivers. In a Strategic Plan released last month by the California-Mexico Border Relations Committee […] a plan for restoring the New River, which runs from Mexicali in Mexico to the Salton Sea in the Imperial Valley.”

Helix Water votes for rate hike; public meeting set for July 10 / East County Magazine : “By a 4-1 vote with Director Kathleen Hedberg dissenting, the Helix Water District board of directors voted to approve a water rate study that recommends rate hikes. The increase would average 4.7 percent…”

San Diego County Water Authority adopts rates and charges for 2013 / SDCWA : “The total cost for municipal and industrial untreated water purchased by its 24 member agencies will rise to $1,003 per acre-foot on January 1, 2013, up $88 per acre-foot, or 9.6 percent from the current rate. The treated water rate for 2013 will be $1,259 per acre-foot, up $111 per acre-foot, or 9.7 percent.”

ESCONDIDO: City to spend $1.4M on ‘toilet-to-tap’ study / North County Times : “Escondido’s City Council agreed Wednesday to pay consultants $1.4 million to analyze how the city could begin transforming its sewer water into drinking water, which could save the city hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Water rates up 7.8 percent, sewer up 3 percent / Ramona Sentinel : “Customers of the Ramona Municipal Water District will see an increase in water and sewer rates, beginning July 1, that are slightly less than those proposed in May. Treated water rates will increase 7.8 percent and sewer rates 3 percent.”

FPUD increases rates / The Village News : “The Fallbrook Public Utility (FPUD) board of directors approved a fee increase for the next fiscal year, which will begin on July 1. According to general manager Brian Brady, the average customer will spend another $8.43 a month, which amounts to approximately 28 cents a day. “That is an increase of approximately 8.1 percent in their monthly bill,” he said.”

Water authority says it hopes to skate through year without debt downgrade / North County Times : “San Diego County Water Authority bond bills are rising over the next five years as more payments come due for its multibillion-dollar spending on capital improvements. But with some delicate fiscal dancing, the agency can make it through the period without a rating agency downgrade, board members were told Thursday.”

Poseidon desal talk schedule extended until fall / North County Times : “A final vote on the proposed Carlsbad desalination project won’t take place at least until the fall, according to a new timeline revealed Thursday at a meeting of the San Diego County Water Authority, importer of most water used in the county.”

Carmel Valley community discussion held on potential water rate increase / Carmel Valley News : “Stephenie Caughlin has owned her two-and-a-half-acre farm high on a hill off Arroyo Sorrento Road in Carmel Valley since 1978. About 15 years ago, her water bill was $200 a month…she is now seeing a monthly water bill of $2,500. “It just cripples our business,” Caughlin said. “We can’t charge $12 for a head of lettuce.””

Regional water prices jump again in 2013 / U-T San Diego : “Water rates across San Diego County are expected to rise in 2013 following increases of almost 10 percent approved Thursday by the regional water consortium.”

Directors drop plan to expand Santa Maria plant — for now / Ramona Sentinel : “…the Santa Maria Wastewater Reclamation Plant, expansion may not be needed—at least not for the near future. Mike Metts of Dudek Engineering, the [Ramona Municipal Water] district’s contracted engineer, told the water board at its June 26 meeting that, due to the economy, projected growth has not occurred and flows at the sewer plant are “staying the same or going slightly downward.””


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