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San Diego regional water news roundup Nov 26-Dec 2, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 3, 2012

Selected news on San Diego regional water issues.

Water board OKs 4% wage hike for workers / Ramona Sentinel : “Ramona Municipal Water District directors unanimously voted to give employees a 4 percent salary increase next year with 2 percent of that amount to offset their pension contribution. In addition, the board approved an amendment to RMWD General Manager David Barnum’s employment agreement that increases his annual base salary by 2 percent, or $3,348, and increases his pension costs by 2 percent.”

Reports raise questions about desal financing / U-T San Diego : “As the San Diego County Water Authority prepares to vote on a contract for desalinated water Thursday, reports released by nonprofit organizations raised questions about the demand for the water, and its eventual price.”

Chemical bummer / San Diego Reader : “A new audit from City Auditor’s office has found that the departments failed to get the City Attorney’s Office to sign off on millions of dollars worth of purchases and ignored state law by not having the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department inspect water and wastewater facilities for fire hazards.”

Using the All-American Canal for another nation’s benefit / LA Times : “…the U.S. government has called for using the All-American Canal to deliver water to Mexico via what engineers call a turnout at Calexico — in effect, a ditch leading to the Mexicali Valley and the Tijuana aqueduct. The idea does not sit well with farmers and officials in the Imperial Valley…”

Water authority approves desalination contract / U-T San Diego : “After more than a decade of deliberations, the San Diego County Water Authority voted Thursday to buy desalinated water from a $984 million project planned in Carlsbad.”

Water Authority Board approves landmark seawater desalination project / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday voted to approve a landmark agreement to purchase up to 56,000 acre-feet of water annually from what will be the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif. The plant is expected to start producing up to 50 million gallons a day in 2016.”

San Diego agency approves contract to buy water from huge desalination plant despite costs / Washington Post : “A regional water agency approved a contract Thursday to buy the entire output of what would be the Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant, clearing the way for construction to begin early next year. The agency will pay $2,042 to $2,290 for an acre-foot of water, more than twice what it cost to bring water from Northern California and the Colorado River on hundreds of miles of aqueducts.”

Carlsbad approves $30 million expansion of water recycling / U-T San Diego : “Already a leader in the production of recycled water, Carlsbad is about to embark on a $30 million expansion of its recycled-water distribution system. The city now uses the reclaimed liquid to meet about 18 percent of its total demand…”

Signs of the Tide: put a LID on pollution / San Diego Coastkeeper : “Urban runoff, the single biggest threat to San Diego water, impacts fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters. On Dec. 6, we invite you to Signs of the Tide: Put a LID on Pollution to find out how low impact development (LID) can stop urban runoff by integrating it into our developed urban neighborhoods.”

Del Mar supports desal plant but won’t buy its water / The Coast News : “Although Del Mar won’t purchase desalinated water from a proposed plant in Carlsbad — at least not anytime soon — City Council at its Nov. 19 meeting voted to support a water purchase agreement between Poseidon Resources and the San Diego County Water Authority. However, as a member agency of the water authority, the city would be responsible for its share of the costs of the project…”


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