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Message for email subscribers

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 28, 2018

Due to the nature of the WordPress system, the formatting of blog posts for email subscribers is often less than optimal. If you are an email subscriber, when you get new emails with blog posts I recommend that you click on the title of the blog post in order to open it in your web browser where it will look much better.

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San Diego begins three-year valve maintenance program to improve water distribution system

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 19, 2014

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Murray Reservoir Security Upgrades – Notice of Right to Appeal (NORA)

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 11, 2014

The above referenced project was determined to be exempt pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and attached is the Notice of Right to Appeal (NORA), which was posted on the City’s website on June 10, 2014. The NORA has been distributed to the appropriate council district, the recognized community planning group, and to any interested parties (if applicable).

Thank you,

City of San Diego / Development Services Department / Environmental Analysis Section
1222 First Avenue, MS 501 / San Diego, CA / 92101 / Phone: 619.446.5369 / Fax: 619.446.5499

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On hiatus

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 21, 2014

The weekly San Diego water news roundup is on hiatus until further notice.

Thank you for the private messages of support that many of you have sent me; they are very much appreciated.


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Blog photos missing for subscribers

Posted by George J Janczyn on October 21, 2013

Over the last two weeks, photos in my blog posts did not appear in the email version of the posts distributed to subscribers. This blog is produced using WordPress and I’m communicating with technical support to resolve the issue.

In the meanwhile, if you subscribe to this blog and your email is missing images, please click the link to view the post on your web browser. The picture will be there!




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National Fix a Leak Week

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 16, 2013



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San Diego water districts invite residents to showcase water-wise landscapes

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 29, 2013



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Temporary break

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 2, 2011

Many apologies but I haven’t been posting for a while because of a medical issue. It’s keeping me away from concentrating on water news and writing. It may be a few months before I’m back to writing original stories, although the water news roundups will continue roughly once a week. Thanks to everyone who tweeted best wishes. Regards to all.


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National Weather Service honors San Diego’s El Capitan Reservoir

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 18, 2011

[News release from the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department
Media contact: Arian Collins 619-527-3121]

National Weather Service Honors City’s El Capitan Reservoir for 75 Years of Providing Weather Information

SAN DIEGO – For 75 years, City of San Diego staff at El Capitan Reservoir has been submitting weather readings to the National Weather Service. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently paid tribute to that accomplishment by bestowing an Honored Institution Award for El Capitan Reservoir. City reservoirs are managed by the Water Operations Branch of the City’s Public Utilities Department.

In addition, Garry Norris, Reservoir Maintenance Supervisor – North, and Aleda Markham, Reservoir Keeper at El Capitan, received Certificates of Appreciation from the National Weather Service’s San Diego Forecast Office for outstanding effort to maintain the Cooperative Observer Program at El Capitan.

“We have a long tradition of serving the San Diego community through water and wastewater services, and many related activities and programs,” said Roger Bailey, City Public Utilities Director. “We are very proud that our efforts in providing weather readings for the National Weather Service have been recognized.”

One of the City’s nine impounding reservoirs, El Capitan Reservoir was created in 1935 with the completion of El Capitan Dam. That same year the reservoir was connected to the City’s water system via the El Capitan Pipeline. A weather station was established at the reservoir in 1936. Located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, on the San Diego River, El Capitan has the largest capacity in the City reservoir system. When full, the reservoir has 1,562 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 197 feet, and 22 miles of shoreline. El Capitan Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 112,806.9 acre feet.

Water Operations Branch of the Public Utilities Department is dedicated to providing customers with a safe and reliable water supply, and quality customer service in an environmentally sensitive manner.

In addition to the reservoirs, Water Operations is responsible for overseeing more than 3,280 miles of pipeline in our distribution system, managing three treatment plants, operating 29 distribution reservoirs and standpipes, pumping water across about 130 different pressure zones with the assistance of 49 pump stations, maintaining more than 270,730 metered service connections and more than 24,000 fire hydrants, delivering more than 200 million gallons of water per day to customers, and serving more than 1.3 million customers in the cities of San Diego, Del Mar, Coronado and Imperial Beach.


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A bit of blog housekeeping to improve access to previously published posts

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 6, 2011

I’ve done some rearranging and tweaking in hopes of improving access to San Diego water-related information contained in my older blog posts.

This blog is configured so that the home page displays the last ten posts that were published, in reverse chronological order. Thus every time a new post is added at the top, the old 10th post gets pushed off the bottom of the page to make room.

Old posts can be found by clicking “Previous Entries” at the bottom of the home page and at the bottom of successive pages, basically going back in time. That can be useful to get a feel for the blog but it’s not helpful for finding something specific.

To find something on a particular subject, you could do a keyword search on the right-hand side of the blog. Below that are drop-downs to browse posts by month or by category.

What I’m doing now is making another way to browse for specific posts. It’s “Topics” on the horizontal menu bar above. Until now “Topics” contained just a few entries, including the Water Purification Demonstration Project.

To further populate the “Topics” page, I went through my archive of posts, decided what topic each post belongs under, and created pages for each topic listing the relevant posts. I’ve published 450 posts since I started this blog in June 2009 (this June 23 will be GrokSurf’s second anniversary!) and was fairly selective about including posts for the “Topics” page.

Anyway, now when you click “Topics” on the menu bar you’ll get a list of topics. Click on one of those topics for a page containing a list of relevant blog posts, and in some cases much more detail on the subject.

I hope you find this enhancement useful. Please try it out and feel free to use the comment form below if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

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