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San Diego regional water news roundup Dec 10-16, 2012

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 17, 2012

San Diego seeks a faster current for water recycling / KPBS : “Up to 200 million gallons of San Diego water comes to the Point Loma treatment plant every day, to be treated and pumped into the Ocean. But people are starting to imagine another way to handle our wastewater.”

San Diego desalinization impact on Calif. / SFGate : “San Diego’s water utility voted last month to buy desalinated seawater in order to reduce its reliance on water imported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The state should consider whether its $14 billion twin-pipes project to move water around the delta still makes sense.”

Relining project extends life of region’s main water pipes under Jackson Drive / San Diego County Water Authority : ” The San Diego County Water Authority is rehabilitating one of its main water lines in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego as part of a multi-decade program to extend the lifespan of 82 miles of aging pipes across the region. The $21.2 million project – known as the Mission Trails to Lake Murray Pipeline Relining Project – will lengthen the service life of the 6-foot diameter pipe under Jackson Drive by at least 75 years. [see also this video]

Company fined for illegal water discharge / U-T San Diego : “Water regulators imposed $138,000 in penalties on a San Diego high-rise company for illegally discharging polluted water into the bay earlier this year. The penalty addresses 47 water discharge violations that occurred during construction between February and July.”

Saving water at Balboa Park / Scoop San Diego : “Balboa Park is becoming “water wise” and it wants everyone to know it. Friends of Balboa Park, the non-profit committed to preserving the 1,200-acre urban park’s legacy for future generations, has launched the “Roadmap to Water-wise Parkland in Balboa Park: Optimizing Water Use by 2020.””

San Diego office building is largest US net-zero project yet / : “At 415,000 square feet, the 13-story LPL Financial building is even bigger than the net-zero project at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco…On-site Bloom Energy fuel cells will run on biogas from California landfills and wastewater treatment plants…”

King Tides give San Diego a peak at sea level rise / KPBS : “High water levels around San Diego Bay could become the norm instead of the exception…. The water level in San Diego Bay has practically swallowed some pocket beaches. Steps to expensive Coronado Bay-side homes are submerged. And water is lapping up against the rock holding up the Fish Market Restaurant near the Midway Aircraft Carrier.”

Photo gallery – main line reline / U-T San Diego : “Residents along Jackson drive in San Carlos have been seeing a lot of activities and traffic disruptions recently as the San Diego County Water Authority works deep underground to reline a 3.5 mile section of an aging concrete waterline that serves the city of San Diego and several other water agency customers.”

Water reuse as part of San Diego’s water portfolio / Scripps Senior Theses : “The City of San Diego imports 80 to 90 percent of its water supply from the Colorado River and the State Water Project. Water reuse is one of San Diego’s options to reduce its dependence on imported water. The issue is complicated by a previous attempt to introduce water reuse which failed disastrously in the early 1990s.”

Favorable desalination project bond sale saves ratepayers $200 million / San Diego County Water Authority : “The Water Authority teamed with private developer Poseidon Resources to sell construction bonds at 4.78 percent for Poseidon’s seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif., and a related pipe. That will save approximately $125 per acre-foot…”

Couple appeals $700 water bills, calls usage claim ‘physically impossible’ / Ramona Patch : “Rick and Debi Carter say the Ramona Municipal Water District mistakenly billed them twice for more than $700, but the water board said they’re responsible to pay their bills.”

Request for proposal for preparation of the Santee Basin Salt/Nutrient Management Plan / Padre Dam Municipal Water District : “Padre Dam Municipal Water District (District) is soliciting proposals from qualified engineering firms for
preparation of the Santee Basin Salt/Nutrient Management Plan…as required by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Recycled Water Policy.”


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