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

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 8, 2012

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

Emergency water valves warrant investigation / Investigative Newsource : “The [San Diego City] auditor…found in a preliminary risk assessment that the city checks water valves with partial turns only once every five years because of staffing limitations and cost. National recommendations set by the American Water Works Association, an industry group, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, call for valves to be opened and closed all the way annually in order to make sure they work.”

Court clears the way for Water Authority’s lawsuit to be heard / San Diego County Water Authority : “San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer today ruled that the San Diego County Water Authority’s legal challenge to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 2011 and 2012 wholesale water rates will move forward, despite another round of pre-trial motions by MWD that sought to dismiss most of the case.”

RMWD awards San Vicente pipeline design to Dudek / Ramona Sentinel : “Ramona Municipal Water District directors have awarded Dudek Engineering the design and construction support contract for the district’s pipeline relocation project on San Vicente Road. The pipeline, which is the sole source of water for San Diego Country Estates, was installed within a county right of way in 1973. State law allowed that with the caveat that RMWD must pay to relocate it when the county made road improvements.

No immediate local impact of water bond delay / U-T San Diego : “The San Diego County Water Authority supports the Legislature’s decision to postpone a public vote on an $11 billion water bond that includes at least $100 million for the region’s primary supplier.”

Coastkeeper names two new chiefs / La Jolla Light : “San Diego Coastkeeper’s board of directors announced new leadership spearheaded by Megan Baehrens as executive director and Jill Witkowski as waterkeeper, a common structure in the global Waterkeeper Alliance.”

Water main break causes traffic issues near airport / : “A 16-inch water main has broken within the perimeter of Lindbergh Field and is causing traffic issues around the airport. The flooding has caused the closing of westbound West Laurel St. between Pacific Hwy. & N. Harbor Dr.”

Helix Water to hold community meeting on rate hike July 10 / East County Magazine : “Helix Water District invites the public to a public informational meeting on a proposed water rate hike. Increased water rates would begin in September 2012 if approved by the Board…”

It’s official: typical L.A. garden goes unused / Chance of Rain : “Given that water suppliers estimate that roughly half of household water use in Southern California cities takes place outdoors, presumably it is automated spigots and sprinklers on timers greening the spaces trafficked most heavily by pool cleaners and mow-and-blow teams.”


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