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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 4-10, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 11, 2013


Council acting on well at Town Center despite other claims to water / Santee Patch : “The Santee City Council voted at the last meeting to begin obtaining proposals for a project to construct a water well that would help save on costs of irrigating Town Center Park. The council gave the go-ahead while acknowledging that the City of San Diego and Padre Dam Municipal Water District both sent letters to the City of Santee that claim rights to the water in the Santee-El Monte Basin that the well would tap.”

They broke my water line, it ain’t right! / KUSI : “A homeowner called KUSI’s Michael Turko about a water leak he says was caused by the city of San Diego. Turko says the city doesn’t deny it but they want him to pay for it while they sort it out. A spokesperson for the water department told Turko that’s just the way it is.”

Carlsbad rehabs massive water tanks to keep taps flowing / City of Carlsbad : “The Carlsbad City Council approved projects at its Jan. 29 meeting to ensure city water reservoirs are well maintained, something essential to making sure water flows from your kitchen faucet every day.
The Carlsbad Municipal Water District has 11 concrete and nine steel tank reservoirs, ranging in size from 1.5 million to 9 million gallons. Concrete reservoirs are larger and cheaper to maintain than steel ones, but more expensive to build.”

Imperial Irrigation District to seek stay in decision in QSA cases / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District is seeking a stay of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly’s pending decision on the environmental component that originally invalidated a portion of the case while the district and Imperial County move forward with their common interest on the Salton Sea, namely restoration.”

City contests encourage long-term “wise water-use” ethic among San Diegans of all ages / Scoop San Diego : “A poster contest for elementary students, a film contest for high school and college students and a home landscape makeover contest open to all San Diegans are all gearing up for entries…[for]…The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department’s Water Conservation Poster Contest, as well as its Film Contest…”

Fitch rates San Diego County Water Authority, CA’s water rev bonds ‘AA+’; outlook stable / Rock Hill Herald Online : “Fitch Ratings assigns its ‘AA+’ rating to the following bonds issued by the San Diego County Water Authority, CA (the authority): –Approximately $285 million water revenue refunding bonds, series 2013A…[and much more]”

New sand poses possible threat to Tijuana River / U-T San Diego : “While some residents fight to stay afloat after a recent sand replenishment project in Imperial Beach went awry, the keepers of the Tijuana estuary prepare to keep the waters flowing at the river’s mouth. The sand has not yet closed off the estuary, and it might not ever do so, but reserve manager Brian Collins said he and his team are preparing for the worst at the Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve.”

Private equity purifies Pacific to boost California water / Bloomberg : “After a decade of struggles to assuage environmentalists, raise almost $1 billion and win permits, Poseidon Resources Group will finally answer a critical question: Is converting seawater to drinking water a profitable venture in the U.S. when there are cheaper options?”

Estates enters final phase of recycled water plan / Ramona Sentinel : “Calling it a “huge milestone,” Ernest Garrett, chair of San Diego Country Estates Association’s Water Resource Management Committee, said the association is entering the final phase of its 10-year recycled water plan.”

Oceanside continuing to evaluate Gregory Canyon landfill / The Coast News : “The Gregory Canyon landfill has been a source of controversy in the county for nearly two decades, and much of the debate has raged in Oceanside. Oceanside’s vested interest in the landfill can be traced to the city’s large groundwater basin.”

Agricultural community helping the IID create a water apportionment plan / Imperial Valley Press : “Although the IID holds the largest allocation to the Colorado River’s water, two years of water overruns, water transfer obligations under the Quantification Settlement Agreement and drought conditions that triggered an accelerated water payback schedule have put the district in an uncomfortable position.”

Protected: 43,000 acres of grass, water / U-T San Diego : “At state Route 79 and San Felipe Road — Highway S2 — lies a small dirt parking lot that just about everyone who is even a bit familiar with the area knows. Park there and look around. The Vista Irrigation District owns Lake Henshaw, a water source for thousands of North County residents, and 66 square miles (43,000 acres) of watershed land around it.”

SDCWA reps give state-of-regional-water address / Helix Water District : “Two top-level representatives of San Diego County Water Authority visited Helix Water District recently, bringing news of water issues affecting the region and strategies they expect to follow to counter rising costs associated with providing water to area agencies. Armed with a chart-filled digital presentation, Tom Wornham, SDCWA’s recently elected board chair, and Maureen Stapleton, the water wholesaler’s general manager, spoke at a regular meeting of the Helix board of directors.”


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