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

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 25, 2013

A selection of current news reports on San Diego regional water issues.

Contamination warnings posted in Imperial Beach / Fox5 San Diego : “A long-term ocean contamination alert around the U.S.- Mexico border was expanded today to include the Imperial Beach shoreline. Contaminated flows out of Mexico have been entering the Tijuana River for months…”

Water main break near airport at Pacific Highway / San Diego : “A water main break has flooded an intersection near Lindbergh Field early Wednesday morning. The main break is located at Pacific Highway just a few blocks north of Laurel Street on West Palm Street.”

Final report says recycling water is not so expensive / KPBS : “The San Diego Public Utilities Department today presents its final report on water recycling and estimates it would cost no more to recycle water than to import it…the final report on San Diego’s Water Purification Demonstration Project now claims the future cost of recycled and imported water would be about the same, around $1,000 per acre foot.”

Officials race against the clock to settle QSA lawsuits / Imperial Valley Press : “Officials have fewer than 90 days to accomplish what a decade of litigation could not: reach a settlement that satisfies all parties to the coordinated Quantification Settlement Agreement lawsuits…the key issue was the Salton Sea, whose decline is projected to accelerate in 2017, when the IID ceases delivery of water into the sea.”

Quake-damaged tanks at Calexico water plant to be fixed / Imperial Valley Press : “The city’s water treatment plant repairs remain unfinished nearly three years after the 2010 Easter Sunday earthquake that damaged them, but hope is on the horizon as City Council approved awarding a bid proposal for the repairs at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The city’s 1 million-, 3 million- and 4 million-gallon water storage tanks were severely damaged in the April 4, 2010, 7.2-magnitude earthquake and have since been held together by reflective insulation, glue and liquid nails.”

San Diego City Council committee asks for staff report on implementing recycled drinking water / Pomerado News: “The San Diego City Council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee asked city staff Wednesday to begin planning for a system to recycle used water into drinking water, and report back in three months.”

IID unveils water apportionment plan / Imperial Valley Press : “The IID is grappling with how to pay back to the Colorado River system two years of water overconsumption while maintaining its water transfer obligations stipulated by the Quantification Settlement Agreement. Between 62,000 acre-feet of overrun water that the IID needs to pay back this year, and water transfers to San Diego and the Coachella Valley, the IID needs to conserve some 258,000 acre-feet of water in 2013.”

San Luis Rey water rights challenge – a 100-year old struggle / Indian Country Today Media Network : ” Five southern California Indian tribes, comprising the San Luis Rey Indian Water Authority, have important questions for the Obama Administration. The tribes, the La Jolla, Pala, Pauma, Rincon and San Pasqual Bands, located in northern San Diego County, are asking the federal government to settle a 100-year old problem created when it gave away their water rights.”

Water officials got raises amid rate hikes / U-T San Diego : “Top officials of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District have received thousands of dollars in pay raises since 2011, even as ratepayers saw their water bills — among the county’s highest — increase by 5 percent a year.”

Water pipeline replacement to close lanes in downtown San Diego / Fox5 San Diego : “Traffic on F Street between state Route 94 and Park Boulevard will be squeezed into one lane during business hours Monday and throughout the workweek as crews work to replace a 102-year-old water pipeline.”


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