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San Diego regional water news roundup May 13-19, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 20, 2013


Valley Voice: Sea-to-sea canal is the solution / : “Michael Cohen of the Pacific Institute tore Ben McCall’s Valley Voice article to shreds. Cohen called the suggestion of pumping Sea of Cortez water to the Salton Sea, and back out again “a zombie plan.” Mr. Cohen also does not reference the reason why the Salton Sea’s demise is quickly coming — the ill-conceived Quantification Settlement Agreement that sells up to 300,000 acre-feet of water a year, for 75 years, to San Diego.”

Making progress means investing in every drop / American Rivers : “Kudos to the City of San Diego who seems to be ready to rise to the challenge of restoring balance to its water usage and the realities of an over stretched and dwindling supply.”

Mayor Bob Filner invites all to participate in “Water Awareness Month” / San Diego Public Utilities Department : “The Mayor would also like citizens to be aware of other resources for information about conserving water, how taxpayer’s money is us ed to fund programs, services and a vast, complex water and sewer.”

City Attorney prepares council for a vote on whether to increase water rates / San Diego Reader : “San Diego’s City Attorney is already looking for legal justification for what appears to be an upcoming pitch to increase water rates in order to make up for the rising cost of wholesale water prices.”

Major U.S. cities are at risk for climate-related water shortage: report / Bloomberg : “Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego are among the cities most likely to face water scarcity as climate change increases drought potential, a study released May 15 found.”

Grand Jury finds Water Authority made ‘substantial progress’ diversifying supplies / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority “has made substantial progress in diversifying water supply sources” that bolster the region’s economy and quality of life, the San Diego County Grand Jury said in a report released Wednesday.”

Sewage warning in effect for Fallbrook after 33,000 gallons of sewage spewed from ruptured main / 10News : “A sewage warning was in effect Thursday in Fallbrook, where an estimated 33,000 gallons of sewage spewed from a ruptured main for more than five hours.”

Rancho Santa Fe water district may not have to increase water rates in the new year / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “The Santa Fe Irrigation District got some good news this month, as it learned that its wholesale water supplier plans to raise its prices 2.2 percent next year, as opposed to the increase of up to 12.2 percent that had been projected…thus reducing the pressure for water rate increases.”

Old water tower in North Park is San Diego’s newest historic landmark / 10News : “On Friday, the North Park Historical Society and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria announced that the North Park Water Tower is now registered with the California State Historical Resources Commission.”

La Mesa sewer rates to jump 7% in 2014, 7% in 2015 / San Diego Reader : “The council vote will raise rates by 7 percent in 2014 and 7 percent in 2015 for the average single-family customer. The increase, the first implemented since 2007, changed the $19.88 bimonthly base rate to $23.50 for 2014 and $26.12 in 2015.”


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