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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 7-13, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 14, 2013

Desal plant generates jobs and lawsuits / KPBS : “Within three months, drivers on Interstate 5 should see signs of the new desalination plant going up next to the Encina power plant in Carlsbad. Peter MacLaggan of Poseidon Resources said more than 2,000 jobs will be created…Livia Borak of the Coast Law Group said the Regional Water Quality Control Board will need to reassess the desal permit.”

Water conservation urged temporarily by FPUD during pipeline maintenance / Fallbrook Village News : “The Fallbrook Public Utility District is asking customers to conserve water as it and many water agencies in the San Diego region will have imported water service discontinued for 13 days, beginning Sun., Jan. 13 through Fri., Jan. 25. FPUD’s water wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority, will perform routine maintenance, inspection and repairs on the pipelines.”

An economist’s perspective on San Diego’s desalination project / Water Strategist Community Blog : “San Diego has been on the cutting edge of water management and controversy since at least the mid-1990s when they pursued (successfully) a long-term water conservation and transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District. For an agency that facilitated change on the Colorado River, why should anyone be surprised they are pushing the envelope on desalination?”

Carlsbad completes major drainage improvements / City of Carlsbad : “The City of Carlsbad has completed repairs of several storm drains around the city in its ongoing drive to prevent flooding during rainstorms. Repairs have been made to drains in downtown Carlsbad Village and northwestern Carlsbad, which have some of the oldest and least efficient storm drain pipes in the city, and elsewhere.”

Water Conservation Advisory Board subcommittee to hammer out water conservation and management proposal / Imperial Valley Press : “The IID is grappling with a number of issues in regard to use of water. It has consumed more than its approved order of water two years in a row. Low water levels at Lake Mead have triggered an accelerated timeframe in which the district needs to pay back to the Colorado River its overrun of water. The district also has water transfer obligations under the Quantification Settlement Agreement…”

Water assessment for Temecula Creek Inn expansion approved / U-T San Diego : “The Rancho California Water District’s board this week approved a water supply assessment for the proposed Temecula Creek Inn expansion, according to the district’s spokeswoman. The owner of the 305-acre property is hoping to turn it into a resort community with single-family homes, town homes and an expanded hotel.”

Farmers ask city to increase water subsidy / U-T San Diego : “Rate adjustments aimed at subsidizing agriculture have always been controversial in Escondido. Critics call the subsidies, which amount to more than $1 million a year, unfair to the city’s 26,000 sewer and water customers not involved with farming.”

Sewage spill in San Marcos flows toward Batiquitos Lagoon / Carlsbad Patch : “An estimated 3,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a force break in a six-inch line located at 2310 S. Rancho Santa Fe in San Marcos. The spill ran into the San Marcos Creek, which flows to the Batiquitos Lagoon.”


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