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

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 8, 2012

A selected roundup of news related to San Diego regional water issues.


Construction of Carlsbad desalination plant may be just months off / San Diego Source : “A non-binding water purchase agreement between the developer of the proposed Carlsbad Desalination Project, Poseidon Resources, and the San Diego County Water Authority was reached last Thursday, setting in motion a process that may lead to a construction start around three months from now.”

The energy-water nexus / Do the Math : “Let’s start at the familiar level. A typical San Diego residence uses 14 hundred cubic feet (1 hcf = 748 U.S. gallons = 2831 L) of water each month—working out to 138 gal/day (520 L/day) per person, assuming an average of 2.5 people per residence. Based on backpacking experience, this is more than one hundred times as much water as is necessary to satisfy basic needs.” (author Tom Murphy is an associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego)

Water district board veteran leaving / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “After 15 years, Robert “Bud” Irvin is leaving his post on the Santa Fe Irrigation District board. He leaves the district satisfied that they are financially strong, that a solid staff is in place and that the pipes will last longer than his lifetime.”

Thomas V. Wornham elected chair of San Diego County Water Authority Board / East County Magazine : “The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors on Thursday, September 27 elected new officers to lead the agency’s board for the next two years…”

The value of water / Padre Dam Municipal Water District : “This informational book covers a range of topics, from imported water rate systems to state-wide infrastructure, and from Padre Dam’s diversification projects to the District’s efforts toward cost-reduction.”

Our latest water report points to “low­ hanging fruit” for water efficiency in San Diego / Equinox Center : “A new report released by the Equinox Center demonstrates there is still significant potential to conserve water in the San Diego region. The paper estimates that by employing technology already available, the region could use 20-30% less water over the next 20 years than water managers predict.”

Group seeks to harvest ‘low-hanging fruit’ for water conservation / North County Times : “San Diegans can cut projected water use by 20 to 30 percent over the next 20 years by adopting simple changes to household appliances, yards and gardens, according to a study released Thursday by the policy organization Equinox Center.”

Firm gets $76.7M contract for Pendleton water project / San Diego Business Journal : “The San Diego office of CH2M Hill Inc. has been awarded a contract of approximately $76.7 million to design and construct a new advanced water treatment plant and conveyance system at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.”

Poway’s 47% / Poway Blog : “It is kind of a well kept secret. If you were to search The City of Poway’s website, you would find a link to the City’s water/sewer rates and fees , but you won’t be able to find the real sewer rates for single family residential listed anywhere on the City’s webpage.”

 

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