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San Diego regional water news roundup Jul 1-7, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 8, 2013


$32 million district budget calls for 3% hike for water, 4.5% for sewer / Ramona Sentinal : “Praising the drafted $32 million budget because it funds operations and projects with less impact on customers than anticipated, Ramona Municipal Water District directors adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year document that includes rate increases of 3 percent for water and 4.5 percent for sewer…”

Fluoridation process delayed for OMWD / The Coast News : “ENCINITAS — The introduction of sodium fluoride into the OMWD (Olivenhain Municipal Water District) water supply was delayed by a week or two, following a permit amendment issue, according to Tom Kennedy, operations manager of OMWD…”

Regional water plans at watershed moment / U-T San Diego : “The future of San Diego’s water supply is up for public discussion at a series of meetings on the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Plan. The plan sets goals for improving water reliability and water quality in San Diego County, noting the unique challenges of the region…”

Poway tells golf course owners: get new study / U-T San Diego : “The showdown scheduled for later this month between the Poway City Council and the Maderas Golf Club, over whether the club should be allowed to restart pumping ground water to irrigate its exclusive course, has been delayed indefinitely…”

Update on city’s water purification project presented to Carmel Valley planning board / Del Mar Times : “The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard an update June 27 on the city’s Water Purification Demonstration Project, which has proved that purified water can be produced and safely added to the San Vicente Reservoir. San Diego City Council commissioned the purification project to study the feasibility of turning recycled water into purified water for drinking as concerns rise about the future challenges of the city’s limited water supplies…”

Finite resource: San Diego’s thirst for water continues to jeopardize the Salton Sea / Coachella Valley Independent : “For years, San Diego has been looking for ways to wean itself off L.A’s supply, and in the 1990s, the city began eyeing the Colorado River, which is diverted through the desert in a series of huge concrete canals to the Imperial Valley, where about 80 percent of the country’s winter vegetables are grown. In 2003, under immense pressure from the feds, the Imperial Irrigation District agreed to sell some of that water to San Diego…”

Despite rate hikes, MWD deserves credit [opinion] / U-T San Diego : “Given the acrimonious relationship between San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District over the current water rate litigation, it was not surprising to see the [opinion column] appearing in the U-T on June 15 headlined “Water Agency Unfair to San Diego” (Op-Ed)…”

‘The real threat to our future is peak water’ / Global Development | The Observer : “…farmers in California’s highly productive Imperial Valley had agreed to sell a massive quantity of irrigation water to San Diego county. This sale of water, enough to meet the household needs of nearly one million people, is the largest farm-to-city transfer of water in US history. It will dramatically reduce food production in the Imperial Valley, a huge vegetable garden not only for California, but for countless other markets as well…”

Midway District main break leaves businesses without water / NBC 7 San Diego : “Several businesses in the Midway District were left without water service Saturday after a main break. Officials said a 6-inch line feeding a Home Depot store and surrounding shopping center burst underground. The cause of the main break is under investigation.”

Miramar Treatment Plant achieves highest level of performance with Partnership for Safe Water / American Water Works Association : “The City of San Diego’s Miramar Water Treatment Plant has received the prestigious Phase IV “Presidents Award” recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water. Phase IV goals are the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phased program. The Presidents Award recognizes achieving Phase IV’s very stringent individual filter performance goals for turbidity.”

Proposed beach testing cuts could pose health risks: EPA proposes $10M in cuts / 10News San Diego : “For 10 years, the Environmental Protection Agency funded the program that provides water pollution testing and public alerts when beach bacteria levels rise. 10News combed through the EPA’s 140-page proposed budget for 2014. In it, 10News found that federal funding for the program is being axed.”


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