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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 18-24, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 25, 2013


Crews work to fill huge sink hole / Fox5 San Diego : “Crews in the Point Loma area were working Monday to fill a giant sinkhole and restore water service to residents left without it after a metal water pipe ruptured under Nimitz Boulevard, according to a city official. The street has been closed since Sunday, when the break was reported at about 5 a.m.”

San Diego refinances while awaiting treated seawater / Bloomberg : “San Diego County Water Authority sold $299.1 million in refunding debt as the California agency builds the Western Hemisphere’s largest water-desalination plant. The authority, which serves 97 percent of the population in San Diego County, plans to spend $754.4 million on capital projects, a third of which will be used in the fiscal years ending in June 2013 and June 2014, bond documents say.”

San Diego chooses Itron for smart water meters / : “The City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department (San Diego) has selected Itron’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution for the automation of the city’s commercial and industrial (C&I) water meters. Itron’s smart solution will help the utility department streamline meter reading and enhance customer service by enabling San Diego to instantaneously access water usage data using the AMI technology.”

IID files for stay in decision on QSA cases / Imperial Valley Press : “Officials with the Imperial Irrigation District announced at Tuesday’s Board of Directors meeting that the IID has filed for a stay of a pending decision on the Quantification Settlement Agreement coordinated civil cases while the district and Imperial County try to jointly move forward with restoration of the Salton Sea.”

Busted San Diego water pipe installed when Taft was president / KPBS : “A broken water line near Oak Park shuts down a major road. Another water main break clogs traffic in Point Loma. A busted pipe in the East Village backs up freeway commuters coming into downtown. That’s three big breaks in less than a week.”

Letters: San Diego’s water-wise project / Los Angeles Times : “Re “Is desalt plant a drop in bucket?,” Feb. 18 – The article about the desalination plant in Carlsbad missed several important elements regarding the San Diego County Water Authority’s decision to pursue this water supply.”

Tijuana River Valley dredging to begin Friday in effort to avert flooding / Imperial Beach Patch : “Whether tens of thousands of cubic yards of material can be removed by March 15 may hinge on what is found. This was supposed to have been done by Feb. 15 to accommodate bird breeding seasons, but new permits allow dredging until March 15…”

Author Q & A: ‘The Golden Shore: California’s love affair with the sea’ / San Diego Free Press : “Conservationist David Helvarg talks about his book, “The Golden Shore,” a tribute to California’s beautiful and iconic coastline, and the Navy’s and San Diego’s roles in shaping it.”

Respite for some I.B. residents in battle over sand slope / U-T San Diego : “A project to replenish the beach with 450,000 cubic yards of new sand backfired last October when ocean water started reshaping the shore into a steep berm over which the water would flow during high tide before getting trapped in pools along the back side of the beach. The pools have been seeping into the foundations of nearby buildings, causing flooding and perhaps structural damage.”

2012 City of San Diego public opinion poll / San Diego Public Utilities Department : “73% strongly/somewhat favor use of advanced treated recycled water as an addition to drinking water supply.”

Alpine boil water notice / Padre Dam Municipal Water District : “Due to a water main break on Alpine Blvd., the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with the San Diego County Health Department, and Padre Dam Municipal Water District are advising all residents east of Harbison Canyon Road (the Arnold Way pumping zone) to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.”

Dueling proposals are the latest in plan for Sacramento delta / KPBS : “San Diegans heard dueling proposals last night to fix the problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta. A water forum featured a panel of experts debating the environmental and supply problems facing the delta, which provides as much as 30 percent of Southern California’s water.”


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