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

Posted by George J Janczyn on July 29, 2013


Water Authority seeks right-sized, cost-effective Bay-Delta Plan / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday provided guidance to staff on the scope of its proposed analysis of alternatives for fixing water supply reliability and ecosystem problems plaguing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta in Northern California. Over the past several years, water-use restrictions linked to the decline of native fish species in the Bay-Delta have curtailed water deliveries for two-thirds of California residents and Central Valley farms…”

Map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on display at the Harvey O. Banks Delta Pumping Plant (click to enlarge).

Map of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on display at the Harvey O. Banks Delta Pumping Plant (click to enlarge).


MWD to replace turbidimeters at Skinner treatment plant / The Valley News : “The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will be replacing 84 turbidimeters at the Robert A. Skinner Water Treatment Plant in Temecula. Skinner delivers a blend of Colorado River and State Water Project supply to the Eastern Municipal Water District, the Western Municipal Water District, and the San Diego County Water Authority…”

Facilities tour pausing at the ozone facility at the Skinner Water Treatment Plant (click to enlarge).

Facilities tour pausing at the ozone facility at the Skinner Water Treatment Plant (click to enlarge).


Borrego Water Coalition reports progress / Daily Borregan : “The state Department of Water Resources will pay for a professional facilitator to assist the Borrego Water Coalition, a group that seeks to solve the Borrego Valley Groundwater Basin’s overdraft problem…”

Woman: San Diego better buy sandbags because water department won’t save you / 10News.com : “A San Diego woman calls Team 10 after she said her home was damaged during a water main break and she blames the slow response time from the public utilities department. Team 10 started asking questions about how long the department takes to shut off these leaks…”

August 1 deadline for public comment on Helix Water proposed rate hike / East County Magazine : “Helix Water District is looking to raise rates for its 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. For 2013-2014, proposed water rates for the domestic/ single customer – using 25 units bi-monthly – will increase six percent. Commercial/Multi-family customers will see a rate increase of three to eight percent…”

Fluoridation begins after permit OK’d / The Coast News : “Customers of OMWD (Olivenhain Municipal Water District) can expect to have fluoride in their water system in the next several days. That comes as OMWD received permit approval to begin the fluoridation process on Tuesday…”

Rainbow hears about alternative water sources / The Fallbrook Village News : “The Rainbow Municipal Water District board heard a presentation on options for the district to diversify its water portfolio. The Rainbow district currently receives 100 percent of its water from the San Diego County Water Authority, and the development of additional supplies would increase Rainbow’s water supply reliability while also helping to mitigate the price increases for imported water…”

CWA requests terms, conditions for Meadowood / The Fallbrook Village News : “The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) board requested that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) set formal terms and conditions for the Valley Center Municipal Water District’s proposed annexation of the Meadowood development area which would also annex that area into MWD and the SDCWA…The Valley Center district would also need to establish a new connection to the CWA aqueduct system to serve Meadowood. Other facilities would include a flow control facility, a water transmission pipeline from the CWA’s First Aqueduct or Second Aqueduct, and potable reservoir storage…”

Regional board calls for La Jolla beach cleanups / San Diego Community News Group : “A plan developed by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, which proposes bacteria reduction at 19 impaired beaches and creeks along 62 miles of San Diego County coastline, could be implemented in the next six months to a year…”

Californians unite to protect drinking H20 supply / Public News Service : “The second annual Colorado River Day was held Thursday in San Diego and five other Western cities to highlight the river’s continuing challenge of supply versus demand…”

Water Authority’s rate lawsuits against MWD go to trial Dec. 17 / Scoop San Diego : “A San Francisco Superior Court judge has set Dec. 17 as the trial start date for the San Diego County Water Authority’s two lawsuits challenging rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California…”

TCA appealing Water Board ruling to state / San Clemente Times : “The Transportation Corridor Agency on July 17 appealed the June 20 decision of the San Diego Regional Water Control Board denying the agency a permit to extend State Road 241 to an area just outside San Juan Capistrano. The extension would have affected nearly a half-acre of wetlands with tributaries flowing into San Juan Creek and the surrounding watershed…”

Sailor Mark Reynolds joins Coastkeeper’s Board of Directors / San Diego Coastkeeper : “San Diego Coastkeeper, the region’s leading environmental nonprofit protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County, welcomes Olympian and famed sailor Mark Reynolds to its board of directors…”

Californians unite to protect drinking H20 supply / Public News Service : “The second annual Colorado River Day was held Thursday in San Diego and five other Western cities to highlight the river’s continuing challenge of supply versus demand.”

 

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