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San Diego regional water news roundup Jan 14-20, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 21, 2013


Water authority gains ground in rate case / U-T San Diego : “A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled that the San Diego County Water Authority can allege in a water rate lawsuit that Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District violated a 2010 ballot measure banning hidden taxes.”

Filner urges Brown to scale back water project / U-T San Diego : “Mayor Bob Filner and San Diego County water officials have joined a statewide coalition in urging Gov. Jerry Brown to shrink the size, price tag and environmental costs of a proposed underground project designed to deliver more supplies to Southern California.”

Report points to increase in water usage in county: North County areas are biggest water users / 10News : “More water is headed down drains and into lawns in San Diego County. In a report obtained by 10News ahead of its release on Thursday, new numbers point to a jump in water usage after years of declines.”

JENKINS: Growers seek salvation in sewage / U-T San Diego : “As you know, many North County growers are getting crushed by the price of water. It’s a fact of agrarian life…The smart green solution is to pump treated sewage into the groves.”

Groups say smaller delta tunnel is better / LA Times : “A group of conservation organizations and Bay Area water agencies is proposing a vastly scaled-down version of a new export system for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, arguing that it would cost less and be more reliable than a plan supported by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.”

La Jolla road closed for hours after water line break [with video] / 760 KFMB : “A water line break sent water gushing down a La Jolla street Thursday morning, closing it to traffic for much of the day. The line broke in the 9500 block of Town Centre Drive in the UTC area just after 7:30 a.m.”

Study could lead to lower sewer fees / Ramona Sentinel : “Sewer connection and mitigation fees that have been blamed for stifling business growth could possibly be reduced if the Ramona Municipal Water District conducts a fee study, said its general manager, David Barnum.”

700 San Marcos homes without water after pipe break / U-T San Diego : “An estimated 700 San Marcos homes have been without water since Thursday night due to a water main break at Rock Springs Road and Bennett Avenue, a water district spokeswoman said Friday morning.”

Funds approved for monitoring beaches’ water quality / The Coast News : “The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved $324,000 for a program that gauges whether local waters are too polluted to swim in. With the help of the nonprofit San Diego Coastkeeper, results are put online for residents to check before going in the water.”

First birding festival held at the Salton Sea / Imperial Valley Press : “Shane Mast and his wife, Sabrina, had heard that the Salton Sea was polluted, but after their first visit to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area Sunday, they don’t believe that’s the case.”


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