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

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 15, 2012

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

Sewage keeps flowing at site of lagoon leak / U-T San Diego : “What started as a trickle of sewage into Batiquitos Lagoon on Sunday morning continued into Monday, and an estimated 27,000 gallons of wastewater were released from a broken pipe by late-afternoon, Carlsbad officials said.”

BUSINESS BRIEFING: Poseidon desal project public meeting Wednesday evening / North County Times : “An overflow crowd attended the special public meeting of the San Diego County Water Authority, held at the authority’s headquarters in Kearny Mesa…here’s my account of the first meeting, held last Tuesday (and be sure to watch the attached videos)”

Carlsbad asks residents to reduce water usage following sewage spill
/ The Coast News : ” While Carlsbad Utilities Department employees are repairing a sewer pipe break which caused a 9,000-gallon, sewage spill into the Batiquitos Lagoon and the beach west of the lagoon, officials are asking nearby residents to reduce their water use for a speedier repair.”

New San Diego water report focuses on efficiency, conservation (video) / KPBS : “A new report from the Equinox Center points to water use as the most critical resource challenge San Diego faces. Ann Tartre, the executive director of the Equinox Center, talks to KPBS about ways to conserve water.”

Litigation has cost the IID over $130 million / KXO Radio : “…leaving out attorneys fees, the lawsuits have cost the IID (Imperial Irrigation District) over $130 million in construction delay expenses and lost federal bond financing preferred interest rates.”

Sparks fly as Osias updates IID directors on lawsuits / Imperial Valley Press : “Sparks flew Tuesday at a crowded W.R. Condit Auditorium as Imperial Irrigation District contract attorney David Osias said area landowners are trying to gain ownership and control of the water to the detriment of the Valley and that they wish to have the IID’s energy assets at their disposal, with all attempts denied thus far by the courts.”

Sanders: No water rate hike this year / U-T San Diego : “San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders on Wednesday morning will announce that residents and businesses will not be paying more for water, even though the city’s bill is going up. The San Diego County Water Authority will raise its wholesale prices by 9.6 percent in January.”

Council committee approves high-tech water meters / KFMB Channel 8 : “A proposal to have the city of San Diego install high-tech water meters, which would allow for easier and more accurate readings at commercial properties, was given a green light Wednesday by the City Council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee.”

Lightner wants to streamline San Diego’s graywater policies / KPBS : “In some cities, like Santa Barbara and Phoenix, it’s easy to set up household systems to redirect that water for use in outdoor irrigation.”

A drink (of water) to good news / U-T San Diego : ” There was good news this week about water, that indispensable commodity that all of us must use, all of us must pay for and which is so crucial to our economic future. First, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced that the city will absorb a 9.6 percent wholesale rate increase imposed by the San Diego County Water Authority…”

Water rate relief helps area farmers / U-T San Diego : “…farming takes lots of water. So as water rates started to spike a few years ago — driving some growers to quit — a group of Escondido-area farmers got together to approach the city about an agriculture rate. Escondido Growers for Agricultural Preservation, or EGAP, succeeded in getting some breaks, including relief from a 12 percent increase this year.”

Water and sewer rate hikes on tap for January / U-T San Diego : “Oceanside residents are in for another hit to their wallets come January when a nearly 7 percent increase in monthly water bills and a 5 percent jump in sewer bills would kick in, under rate increases to be discussed at a City Council hearing Wednesday.”


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