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San Diego regional water news roundup – Nov 25-Dec 1, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 2, 2013

Sweetwater Authority's Loveland Reservoir near Alpine, capacity 25,400 acre-feet. In this picture taken last Monday it was at 34% capacity.

Sweetwater Authority’s Loveland Reservoir near Alpine, capacity 25,400 acre-feet. In this picture taken last Monday it was at 34% capacity.


Water authority draft master plan sees region through 2035 / San Diego Reader : “The San Diego County Water Authority is out with a draft of a new water facilities master plan and a climate action plan that will tentatively govern water distribution throughout the region through 2035. Public comment on the documents is being accepted…”

Oceanside water projects boost supply, save money / U-T San Diego : “Last week, Oceanside celebrated the installation of a pump station at its Mission Basin treatment plant that will boost groundwater production there by about 37 percent, from about 4,574 acre-feet in fiscal 2012 to about 6,000 acre-feet this year…”

Audit: No state plan means a higher cost to fix Salton Sea woes / The Desert Sun : “With just four years left until the Salton Sea begins to shrink more rapidly, state officials still have no estimate of how much it will cost to alleviate the predicted clouds of dust and other hazards along its receding shores…”

Normal Heights couple goes to extraordinary lengths to save water / San Diego 6 : “At the beginning of next year, water rates for San Diegans will be going up and for some they’re going to go up a lot. That after the San Diego city council voted last week to raise water rates. But one San Diego couple has gone to extraordinary lengths to save water…”

Planned drain down of Lake Morena worries neighbors / : ” Residents in the East County are angry over a plan to drain down Lake Morena, a popular spot for fishing and recreation. The reason is to bolster the water supply for the city of San Diego…”

PERRIS: Water agency agrees to release documents / The Press-Enterprise : “After months of litigation, Eastern Municipal Water District has turned over documents detailing a $60,000 consulting contract — records sought by the San Diego Water Authority in a long-running water rate dispute…”

Added confusion in the water rate debate / Voice of San Diego : “San Diegans who own single-family homes receive a bill in the mail every other month…But most of the discussion about the rate hike, including city literature distributed to explain the hike to residents, has focused on monthly rate increases…”

Three natural threats to waterfront development in San Diego / Voice of San Diego : “The beaches and the Pacific Ocean are what draw so many people to San Diego. And visitors need places to eat, sit and sleep. But you have to be really careful when you build things near the coast…”

City helps sell sewer warranty without facts / U-T San Diego : “In October, thousands of San Diego homeowners received letters — bearing the city’s official logo — alerting them that they were on the hook if the sewer lines broke between their houses and the city’s main pipes. It looked like a scam to many owners…”

Coastkeeper to help launch Baja water testing / U-T San Diego : “San Diego Coastkeeper will help bring water-quality monitoring systems to Baja California, allowing its Mexican counterparts to more effectively keep track of pollution issues at beaches south of the border…”

Sewage spill is impacting local lake / Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch : “According to officials, an estimated 11,400 gallons of sewage spilled into the lake at 8:42 a.m. when a broken water main opened a sinkhole in the 4700 block of Lake Boulevard in Oceanside, officials said…”

Broken water main closes east gate to Marine base / FOX5 San Diego : “Crews have dug a giant pit across the road to get down to the pipe. It could take up to a week to finish the repairs and reopen the entrance, officials said…”

Point Loma sinkhole will impact commuters, travelers / NBC 7 San Diego : “A water main break happened around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, turning North Harbor Drive into a river. Soon, the road crumbled beneath the rushing water. Authorities issued a Sig Alert…”

Water main break shuts down Rolando intersection / FOX5 San Diego : “A water main break left businesses surrounding a major Rolando-area intersection without working plumbing Tuesday and tied up traffic in the busy area…”


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