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San Diego regional water news roundup Oct 14-20, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 21, 2013

The white concrete face of the raised dam at San Vicente Reservoir was recently color coated to reduce the contrast with the surroundings. Note the position of the concrete bunker near the dam's midsection on the hill on the right, then click here to see the dam at its original height.

The white concrete face of the raised dam at San Vicente Reservoir was recently color coated to reduce the contrast with the surroundings. Note the position of the concrete bunker near the dam’s midsection on the hill on the right, then click here to see the dam at its original height.


SoCal water agency braces for reduced imports due to drought / CBS Los Angeles : ” Southern California’s primary water import agency is planning for reduced state deliveries due to back-to-back dry years in the Sierra Nevada and the Colorado River…officials from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) and state Department of Water Resources called on Southland residents to make a concerted effort to trim back their personal water usage…”

Transfers enhance region’s water supply, protect economy / San Diego County Water Authority : “October 16, 2013, marks the tenth anniversary of one of the most important water accords in the history of the Southwest and a major achievement for enhancing San Diego County’s water security – the 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement. Supplies related to the multi-party pact now account for nearly 30 percent of our region’s water, and they will continue to grow in the years ahead…”

Reuse decision time in San Diego / : “San Diego is approaching a critical juncture. It is the only remaining California city that does not treat wastewater to secondary standards before discharging into the Pacific Ocean, and its five-year waiver – allowing the Point Loma Treatment Plant to discharge up to 240 MGD (908,400 m3/d) of advanced primary treated municipal wastewater into the ocean – is set to expire on 31 July 2015…”

Water main break damages multi-million dollar homes in Rancho Santa Fe / : “A water main ruptured in an upscale neighborhood near San Dieguito Reservoir Tuesday, temporarily leaving six expensive homes without functional plumbing and flooding three of them…”

Perez seeks legal opinion on Salton Sea restoration / Imperial Valley Press : “The office of Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez has requested a written legal opinion from the California Office of Legislative Counsel on the extent of the state’s liability for Salton Sea restoration under the terms of the Quantification Settlement Agreement…”

Imperial Valley reflects on QSA 10 years later / Imperial Valley Press : “The nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer was signed 10 years ago today. And while there is no shortage of opinions on the implementation and effects of the transfer, statements by officials from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District are illustrative of how the Quantification Settlement Agreement is viewed…”

Improving wetlands at Del Mar and more news / San Diego Coastkeeper Newsletter : “Our executive director testified at the California Coastal Commission to ask that the 22nd District Agriculture Association (which manages the fairgrounds) allow a portion of the existing wetlands adjacent to its property to return to its natural state and protect the San Dieguito River from pollution…”

Padre Dam board votes to provide water to new Castlerock Community / Santee Patch : “The Castlerock housing development is one step closer to becoming part of Santee after an unanimous vote by the Padre Dam Municipal Water District board on Wednesday to provide water services to the community when it is constructed…”

New ‘eGuide’ offers tips, tools and inspiration for watersmart living / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority on Friday published its “eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle” to inspire, educate and empower homeowners to make water-efficient choices in their homes and gardens…”

With water rates poised to rise 10.6%, the push is on for low-flow shower heads / San Diego Community News Group : “If you’ve been putting off installing that low-flow shower head, the city may be about to give you a bit more incentive. Water rates for the average single-family household are proposed to go up by about 10.6 percent over the next two years — and the city is serving notice to local ratepayers, beginning with its customers in Ocean Beach…”

Fighting to fend off the sea / U-T San Diego : “With sea level projected to rise by up to a meter by the end of the century, property owners, state regulators and environmentalists are debating whether to fortify the coastline against advancing seas, or to retreat inland…”

Rancho Santa Fe water district takes steps to extend recycled water agreement / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “At its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, the Santa Fe Irrigation District board voted unanimously in favor of a draft agreement with the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, which runs a wastewater treatment plant in Encinitas. Santa Fe Irrigation District’s current contract to buy recycled water from San Elijo runs through 2019, and the new agreement would extend it to 30 years…”


In other water news…

  • New leadership in the Public Utilities Department (PUD) — Interim Mayor Todd Gloria (the “iMayor”) recently announced that Halla Razak was selected to be PUD Director starting November 12 and that she will also serve as one of the city’s representatives on the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors [link]. Also, interim PUD Director Ann Sasaki announced that Robert Mulvey has begun work as PUD Assistant Director [link].


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