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San Diego regional water news roundup Apr 22-28, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 29, 2013


Judge orders MWD to produce evidence in rate case / San Diego County Water Authority : “A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to produce information no later than May 10 that shows how it allocates its costs to rates or admit it does not have any evidence to support its current allocation of its costs to its rates. The Water Authority sued MWD in 2010 and again in 2012…”

Reconsidering energy use to help, not hollow the force: NZEI at Miramar / : “The geography of much of MCAS Miramar has comparable topographic elevations, 200-300m above sea level, as nearby City of San Diego reservoirs Miramar and San Vicente. Pumped storage to these elevations using water imported to the region from the California State Water Project, or the Carlsbad Desalination Project (expected online in 2016 to meet 7% of regional demand) might be an energy storage option.”

Salton Sea targeted for specialty license plate / U-T San Diego : “Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, has introduced legislation to create a specialty license plate for the Salton Sea…”We plan to make a significant amount of money for the Salton Sea Authority for restoration,” Nestande said, saying it is beginning to dry up because of the Colorado River water transfer to San Diego and associated decline in farm water runoff into the sea.”

Residents asked to help win water conservation challenge / The Coast News : “Encinitas is within reach of winning the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a contest taking place this month to see which cities are the most water-wise.”

Plan holds sewer rates steady until 2015 / U-T San Diego : “Under a five-year plan going before the Vista City Council this afternoon, residents served by one of two local sanitation districts will be spared any rate hikes until 2015. Residents served by the other district won’t see any rate hikes at all.”

Water district JPA picks seventh director / U-T San Diego : “Local farmer Charlie Wolk will join three board members from the Fallbrook Public Utility District and three from the Rainbow Municipal Water district on the new Joint Powers Authority board.”

Water district to hunt for new well site / U-T San Diego : ” Olivenhain Municipal Water District is now on the hunt for a new well site, after the spot it initially tried at the San Elijo Lagoon failed to yield as much water as hoped. But that initial site, just east of Interstate 5, isn’t sitting idle.”

Water Authority develops road map to a secure water future / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday received updates about two potential capital projects to meet the region’s long-term need for water through 2035 – a seawater desalination plant at Camp Pendleton and a large-scale conveyance system to deliver water from the Colorado River.”

Saving the Salton Sea / KMIR6 News : “In 2017, the amount of water flowing into the Salton Sea will drop dramatically. Instead, it’ll likely be headed to San Diego. Meantime the lake gets saltier, and more dusty lakebed is exposed as the water levels drop. So lawmakers are working on several projects to help save the sea.”

Tide turns for water purification plan / U-T San Diego : “Last week the City Council voted to move ahead with a plan to purify 15 million gallons per day of recycled wastewater, confident that the tide of public opinion had turned in its favor.”


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