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San Diego regional water news roundup Aug 15-21, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on August 22, 2012

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

SAN MARCOS: Water board election overflows with candidates / North County Times : “With three seats open, the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors has attracted a groundswell of candidates. Seven contenders, including current and former San Marcos City Council members, are running for the low-profile board on issues ranging from rate hikes to desalination.”

Forum to address Rancho Bernardo’s lack of recycled water / Pomerado News : “The organizers — including resident Jim Denton — are with Bernardo Heights Country Club and Community Association of Bernardo Heights. Both have extensive green areas that need water to maintain their appearance and have been exploring for a few years how to get less expensive water for landscaping, Denton said.”

As heat dries land and lake, asthma fears rise in Imperial County / KPBS : “This is a desert, a hot, dry, dusty place. And parts of it are getting drier and dustier. But in the last few years the Imperial Irrigation District, which manages the county’s water, has been selling some of it to thirsty Los Angeles and San Diego.”

Water board: potential for $330,000 in rebates not worth $3,000 deposit / Ramona Patch : “A solar power project that could mean close to $330,000 in rebates to the Ramona Municipal Water District encountered a roadblock Tuesday when the water board voted against making a $3,000 deposit connected to the plan.”

ESCONDIDO: $880K sewer project sparks uproar about environment / North County Times : “An Escondido City Council discussion Wednesday about spending $880,000 to repair a large sewer line in Kit Carson Park quickly morphed into angry rants about state environmental rules and complaints that city officials improperly favored one paving contractor over another for the job.”

Helix Water District approves rate hike / NBC 7 : “The Helix Water District voted to raise prices for its customers after a heated public meeting Wednesday night. On the agenda was a proposal to raise water rates 4.7 percent starting November 1 for the district’s service area which includes La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and parts of Spring Valley, Lakeside and Santee.”

Water districts work to reduce past-due accounts / Fallbrook Village News : “With water rates increasing each year and a continuing economic recession, local water agencies report they are working more diligently than ever on past due accounts.”

Study of FPUD, RMWD merger moves forward / Fallbrook Village News : “A potential merger of Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) and Rainbow Municipal Water District continues to be examined from various angles and perspectives. But a potential merger or consolidation would not break new ground for Rainbow Water, which traces its roots to past mergers and annexations.”

Vista Irrigation District board supports open government (PDF) / Vista Irrigation District : “At its August 15, 2012 meeting, the Vista Irrigation District board of directors adopted a resolution reaffirming the district’s commitment to open government and intent to comply with the suspended provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act), California’s open meeting law.”

Imperial Irrigation District opens two fallowing programs / Imperial Valley Press : “In an effort to generate water for the Quantification Settlement Agreement, environmental mitigation of the Salton Sea and to pay back previous overuse or inadvertent overruns of the Imperial Irrigation District’s annual Colorado River water entitlement, the district is seeking participants for two on-farm fallowing programs.”

Water board to consider buying desalinated water / Ramona Sentinel : “Ramona Municipal Water District directors will soon have to decide if it wants the district to participate in the San Diego County Water Authority’s (CWA) purchase of desalinated water.”

Santee’s water district wins awards for new reservoir and pump station / Santee Patch : “Padre Dam Municipal Water District recently received three awards for its East Victoria Reservoir and Pump Station Project. The awards include: the Award of Excellence in Water Supply from the San Diego Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Honor Award from the San Diego and Imperial Counties’ chapter of the American Public Works Association and the Excellence Award for Special Use from the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego.”


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