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San Diego regional water news roundup Feb 25-Mar 3, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 4, 2013


San Diego utility demands big money from ratepayers / 10News San Diego : “The Ramona Municipal Water District is demanding ratepayers pay up or face a shut off. Team 10 found the public utility asking for tens of thousands of dollars from private business owners. Business owners said they don’t know why they got one-time water bills in for tens of thousands of dollars, so they called Team 10 for help.”

County considers faster water-quality test / Fox5 San Diego : “At its meeting tomorrow, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a faster system for testing water quality at beaches.”

Yacht basin copper rules raise questions / U-T San Diego : “The Shelter Island Yacht Basin is under orders by regulators to reduce copper in its water to a level about 300 times lower than is permitted in drinking water. The contrast has some critics questioning whether the rule, which is causing boat owners to repaint their hulls with copper-free coatings, is another example of environmental rules going too far.”

Sustainable Landscape Conference coming to Cuyamaca / U-T San Diego : “Local resource-conservation efforts, the role of trees in ecological landscapes and other topics germane to sustainability will be on tap at Cuyamaca College’s fifth annual Sustainable Landscape Conference. The conference, which costs $90 for the general public and $60 for students…” [need we continue reading?]

Second annual Lake Jennings photo contest runs through March / Helix Water District : “Photos taken at Lake Jennings during March may be entered in Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings Photo Contest. Prizes of up to $100 will be awarded in adult and student categories. Photos can be of any aspect of the lake—wildlife, wild flowers, camping, fishing, boating, scenic views.”

Bid to cut Rancho Santa Fe water board benefits meets dead end / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “A proposal by a member of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board of directors to cut the board’s compensation and health care benefits met with silence at the panel’s Feb. 21 meeting. The motion by Director Greg Gruzdowich, who was elected to the board in November and has been a vocal opponent of water rate increases imposed by the district in recent years, died for lack of a second, with no discussion by Gruzdowich’s fellow board members.”

Architect: vertical farm in San Diego would revolutionize U.S. produce consumption / The Raw Story : “A young architect hopes a developer will decide to build his 23-acre farm in the center of San Diego. Unlike most farms, this one would reach 500 feet into the sky. “The system I would want to use is to reclaim the grey water from the residential,” he explained.”

Grantville’s flooding issues tabled for two years / Scoop San Diego : “Grantville’s flooding issues are on the city’s “to do” priority list – they’re just not at the top, according to Bill Harris of the City of San Diego’s Storm Water Division.

Sahara Desert dust affects California water supply, study finds / Los Angeles Times : “High-altitude dust blown thousands of miles across the Pacific from Asian and African deserts can make it rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada, according to new research that suggests tiny particles from afar play a role in California’s water supply.”

Ramona Water District looks into certificate program for future employees / Ramona Patch : “In an effort to provide education for its employees, as well as create a pool of qualified future candidates, Ramona Municipal Water District is looking into a water management certificate program at California State University, San Marcos, the agency announced Tuesday.”

In California, what price water? / New York Times : “The San Diego County Water Authority has agreed to buy at least 48,000 acre-feet of water from the plant each year for about $2,000 an acre-foot. The authority has made a long-term bet that those costs — now double those of the most readily available alternative — will eventually be competitive. But it still means the authority will pay more than $3 billion over 30 years for only about 7 percent of the county’s water needs.”

Surfrider spearheads border sewage clean-up in Los Laureles Canyon, Mexico / San Diego Surfrider : “On Saturday, February 23, 2013, participants of Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Campaign (No BS) collaborated with 4 Walls International and students from Point Loma Nazarene University to develop sustainable community infrastructure in Los Laureles Canyon, Mexico…Surfrider volunteers painted a waterless composting toilet facility, constructed a cement glass bottle wall and created a recycled hydroponic system with a grey water catcher and filtration system.”

Padre Dam and Santee Lakes win favorites / Padre Dam Municipal Water District : “Padre Dam Municipal Water District and Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve received “Favorites” awards from the Santee Chamber of Commerce on February 28, 2013. Padre Dam was voted “Favorite Utility” in the Chamber’s first business favorites contest. Santee Lakes received “Favorite Recreation.””

South Park water main break under repair: corner of 31st, Hawthorn streets still closed / 10News San Diego : “A water main break in the South Park neighborhood left some area residents without running water and prompted authorities to shut down the intersection of Hawthorn and 31st streets, a city official said.”

Sweetwater Authority, Calif. selects New World Systems’ integrated ERP software / Yahoo! Finance : “The Sweetwater Authority, Calif. has selected New World Systems’ integrated suite of Logos.NET(TM) Public Administration solutions to replace an aging financial system. The new software will automate manual business processes and improve reporting to help the Authority increase efficiency and better serve residents.”

North County recycled water project on track to receive millions more in state grant funds / Olivenhain Municipal Water District : “Ten San Diego County water and wastewater agencies are eager to see the San Diego region’s application for grant funding submitted in the coming weeks to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). After garnering $1.5 million in 2010 to plan their North San Diego County Regional Recycled Water Project, the agencies expect to be awarded an additional $3,452,000 for construction of recycled water facilities in North County.”


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