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San Diego regional water news roundup: Jan 27-Feb 2, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on February 3, 2014

Lake Hodges reservoir, approaching from the north on Lake Drive.

Lake Hodges reservoir, approaching from the north on Lake Drive.

 


Southern Cal resists water rationing / U-T San Diego : “Water agencies in San Diego and Southern California have said adequate reserves will allow them to keep conservation efforts mostly voluntary even though districts up north already have imposed rationing in the wake of punishing shortages exacting a heavy toll…”

Emery: Water authority is ignoring drought / Pomerado News : “A big “boo and a hiss” to the San Diego County Water Authority for trivializing California’s drought and ignoring calls for water conservation statewide. We just completed one of the driest years ever recorded in California with little relief in sight for the near future…”

This winter shaping up to be driest in California History / San Diego 6 : “Friday’s announcement by the state Department of Water Resources that said it was cutting off deliveries from the State Water Project because of the drought should have little impact on San Diego, but underscores the need for the public to strengthen conservation efforts, a San Diego County Water Authority official said…”

How dry we are — worst drought conditions in California since 1895 / San Diego Free Press : “Today’s column will start off with a look around media outlets and water conservation activists in the Golden State addressing the impact of the current dry spell. Based on the reactions of State and Federal officials it seems likely to me the public is uninformed about the severity of the situation…”

How is our water supply? / San Diego Source : “Our beloved California is so dry that not only has Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, the California Conference of Catholic bishops has suggested that people of all faiths pray for rain…”

Southern California water suppliers in good shape to weather the drought / Journal of Water [subscription may be required] : “Governor Brown’s drought declaration has stirred up a flurry of responses—everything from water districts reassuring their consumers that there is no cause for immediate alarm to individuals asking those of us in the water industry, “So what are we going to do about water?”…”

Local researcher explains lack of rain after Gov. Brown issues drought emergency / 10News.com : “As the sun keeps beating down on San Diego, we keep falling behind in our rainfall and a drought emergency was issued by Governor Jerry Brown. The big questions [sic] is, when will it break down?…

California snowpack hits record low / FOX5 San Diego : “Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday’s mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping…”

Brown implores SoCal to save more water as crisis escalates / U-T San Diego : “Under intensifying pressure, leading Southern California water managers promised Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday that they will take more aggressive steps to encourage conservation after weeks of caution…”

Talk about saving water! / U-T San Diego : “Brown is imploring Californians to cut water use by 20 percent, and on Thursday he pressed Southern California’s water managers to take greater water-saving actions. Some local residents have been on board for years…”

Why not get tough on water use, California? / Los Angeles Times : “The governor met with Southern California water officials Thursday morning and, again, they bemoaned the seriousness of the drought. Yet the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — the wholesaler that delivers most of the region’s water supply — reiterated the governor’s call for voluntary reductions in water use by 20%. If the drought is so serious, why not insist on something stronger?…”

MCAS Miramar continues water conservation efforts through drought declaration / DVIDS News : ““We’re always pushing for water conservation through different programs and incentives here,” said Megan Blucher, MCAS Miramar engineering branch manager…”

California and water conservation / San Diego 6 : [San Diego Coastkeeper’s Waterkeeper Matt O’Malley shares water conservation ideas for coping with California’s drought]

Wildfires: San Diego’s ecological elephant in the room / San Diego Free Press : “It’s good news that Gloria and others are advocating for policies that will make San Diego more sustainable, from zero waste, bicycle friendly streets, and building retrofits, to recycled water and alternative transit. However, there is one glaring ecological threat that hovers over our region’s policy makers: wildfires…”

Rancho Santa Fe water district to use additional reserve funds to help cover expenses this year / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “An unusually dry winter in San Diego County means the Santa Fe Irrigation District will need to take an additional $700,000 out of reserves to cover its expenses this year, the water agency reported…”

East County residents float a lawsuit as Lake Morena drains / San Diego 6 : “For the first time in more than a decade, the city of San Diego is draining water from Lake Morena, drawing a flood of concern from East County residents and the threat of a lawsuit…”

Mountain community in San Diego finds abundance of water underground / KPBS : “…as some cities and counties are scrambling to find other water sources, a mountain community in San Diego County is relishing in an abundant supply. Nestled beside the mountains in San Diego’s East County, Pine Valley doesn’t have a reservoir or depend on Sierra snowpack or the Colorado River…”

Environmental group challenges San Diego County Water Authority’s Master Plan Update / KPBS : “[Play back a KPBS Midday Edition discussion featuring Ken Weinberg, SDCWA’s Water Resources Director, and Jack Shu, a board director of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.]

San Diego warns investors of a $4 billion sewer problem / Voice of San Diego : “Having learned its lessons years ago that it is best to lay out just how much money trouble it faces, the city of San Diego is warning investors it will have to come up with nearly $4 billion over two decades to comply with regulations on how it handles stormwater runoff…”

Borrego’s Rams Hill and water district reach agreement / U-T San Diego : “The award-winning Rams Hill golf course in Borrego Springs — once lush and green but now dead and bone dry — will likely reopen by the end of the year…”

IID board slashes municipal water rates / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District board of directors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to reduce municipal water rates from $68 per acre-foot to $20 per acre-foot, the same price that farmers pay for water…”

Water main breaks on Murphy Canyon Rd. / 10News.com : ” A broken water main flooded a Kearny Mesa street Wednesday and forced detours in the area…”

Swimmers warned about high bacteria levels off OB coast / KFMB Channel 8 : “Swimmers are being advised stay out of the water in Ocean Beach because of higher than normal bacteria levels. Lifeguards say it’s unusual to have such a high bacteria count without seeing a big rain event…”

Contamination alert issued for Imperial Beach coastline after sewage leak / KPBS : “Sewage-fouled water flowing out of the Tijuana River prompted a contamination alert Wednesday along several miles of ocean shoreline near the U.S.-Mexico border…”

Is SeaWorld flushing drugs into ocean? / U-T San Diego : “A longtime security guard is suing SeaWorld for wrongful termination, claiming that company officials fired him in part because he questioned why he was being asked to flush drugs seized from customers down toilets…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Jan 13-19, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 20, 2014

Olivenhain Dam, part of San Diego County Water Authority's Emergency Storage Project, creates a reservoir that can hold 24,000 acre-feet of water.

Olivenhain Dam, part of San Diego County Water Authority’s Emergency Storage Project, creates a reservoir that can hold 24,000 acre-feet of water.

  • The San Diego City Council Natural Resources & Culture Committee has changed its name to Environment Committee.
  • Independent Rates Oversight Committee (IROC) membership changes: The City Council on Tuesday reappointed Jeff Justus and Jack Kabota to new terms, and appointed Gordon Hess, Tiffany Mittal, and Craig Chapman to fill vacant positions. Justus, Kabota, and Chapman will serve in the Representative category, Mittall in the Multi-family Residential Ratepayer category, and Hess in the Temporary Irrigation and Construction Ratepayer category. IROC serves as an official advisory body to the Mayor and City Council on policy issues relating to the oversight of the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department’s water and wastewater operations.

 


California declares drought emergency / Los Angeles Times : “Gov. Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency in the state Friday, urging residents to cut water use by 20% and directing state agencies to take a range of steps to ease the effects of water shortages on agriculture, communities and fish and wildlife…”

Gov. proclaims drought emergency / U-T San Diego : “Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimed a drought Friday, saying California is in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century. He made the announcement in San Francisco amid increasing pressure from lawmakers and as firefighters battled flare-ups in a Southern California wildfire that chased thousands of people from their homes…”

Coastkeeper calls on County Water Authority to enact mandatory water conservation / San Diego Coastkeeper : “On the heels of San Diego County Water Authority’s 2013 announcement that the region has plentiful water supplies, Governor Brown announced that he expects to declare today an official drought designation for California. San Diego Coastkeeper, which protects fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters, calls on the Water Authority to be a responsible water agent for the county, the state and the Southwest region by requiring San Diegans to use water wisely…”

San Diego region’s water supplies remain adequate despite statewide drought / San Diego County Water Authority : ” Despite a statewide drought declaration on Friday, the San Diego County Water Authority has adequate supplies for 2014 because of local investments in diverse and more reliable water supplies over the past two decades and a long-term decrease in regional water demand…”

City of San Diego water supply is stable; no additional water-use restrictions at this time (PDF) / San Diego Public Utilities Department : “the City of San Diego wants to remind residents that while the call for the successful conservation efforts that have become a way of life in our City still stands, the water supply situation in San Diego is currently stable…”

SD unlikely to see water rationing despite drought declaration / San Diego Source : “Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state Friday, prompting groups such as San Diego Coastkeeper to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to enact mandatory water conservation. That’s not likely to happen soon, though…”

Drought reaction and water conservation (video) / Fox5 San Diego : “Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency today over the drought in California as the Golden State faces some of the driest conditions ever recorded. Christian De La Rosa has details on how it’s affecting San Diego’s water supply…”

Drought emergency: 6 of the easiest ways to conserve water / 10News.com : “Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed a drought emergency. So what can you do about it? Plenty. Here are the six easiest ways you can save water around the house, according to the Environmental Protection Agency…”

Encinitas negotiating $430,000 fine / U-T San Diego : ” The city of Encinitas and contractor USS Cal Builders are negotiating with the state Regional Water Control Board to try to reduce a $430,000 fine levied against them for twice letting sediment-filled storm water flow off a huge city park construction site and into San Elijo Lagoon…”

Gregory Canyon dump permit ‘canceled’ / U-T San Diego : “A pending Gregory Canyon landfill permit that has been in the works for nearly seven years was canceled Wednesday by the county’s Air Pollution Control District because the developers owe the district more than $322,000 in late fees and work already done. […] Most of the concerns over the project — from environmental groups, the Pala Tribe of Mission Indians and some North County cities — have centered on water quality and cultural sensitivity, not air pollution…”

How to save the Salton Sea / The Desert Sun : “Enough is enough. For the past 20 years the Salton Sea Authority, state of California and the U.S. federal government have studied, planned, discussed, legislated, set aside millions of dollars, met, conferred, debated and debated some more about what should be done with the Salton Sea and yet we are today with not one meaningful project under way…”

Stakeholders and business community discuss Salton Sea restoration / Imperial Valley Press : “Salton Sea Authority officials and business people met Thursday to discuss ways to restore the Salton Sea…”

New app issues water quality alerts / Scoop San Diego : “The conservation group WILDCOAST and San Diego County have launched a new app that notifies residents about the latest water quality advisories in the region…”

Water main break floods streets, residences in Southbay / NBC 7 San Diego : “A water main break in the Southbay flooded roadways and forced residents out of their homes early Sunday morning, according to city officials. Officials say a 16-inch cast iron water main broke…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Jan 6-12, 2014

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 13, 2014

At Poseidon's Carlsbad desalination plant under construction, workers prepare a component for the reverse osmosis rack structure (blue) to be lifted by crane, while pipeline trenching goes on behind them.

At Poseidon’s Carlsbad desalination plant under construction, workers prepare a component for the reverse osmosis rack structure (blue) to be lifted by crane, while pipeline trenching goes on behind them.

 


Largest desalination plant in western hemisphere completes first year of construction / San Diego County Water Authority : “City leaders, San Diego County Water Authority board officers, IDE Technologies, NRG Energy and Poseidon Water executives visited the Carlsbad Desalination Project today to mark the first anniversary of construction on the Western Hemisphere’s largest seawater desalination plant, which is more than 25 percent complete…”

Carlsbad desalination plant 25% completed with expected 2016 opening / Carlsbad Patch : “A behind the scenes look at the largest desalination plant in western hemisphere after one year of construction…”

Desalination plant on course for 2016 / U-T San Diego : “One year after construction began, the $1 billion Carlsbad desalination plant is under budget and on schedule to begin producing 50 million gallons of drinking water per day two years from now…”

Desalination project proceeding / Scoop San Diego : “Construction on the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant has passed the 1-year mark, and local officials celebrated on Wednesday by touring Poseidon Resources’ $1-billion project in Carlsbad…”

Carlsbad desalination plant construction on track to meet 2016 goal / KPBS : “The $1 billion water desalination plant being built in Carlsbad is 25 percent complete after one year of construction, and is on time and within budget, area water officials said Wednesday…”

Water Authority losing longtime state lobbyist / U-T San Diego : ” For 30 years, the lobbying firm of Carpi & Clay has helped the San Diego County Water Authority navigate treacherous political waters, from the Imperial Valley transfer agreement to securing local funding in multibillion-dollar bond deals. But on Jan. 31, the firm will no longer represent the authority…”

San Diego’s unending water worries / U-T San Diego : “An alarming report that suggests California may be headed for a third straight dry year illustrates the fragility of the state’s water supply — as well as the reality that as demand for this scarce commodity goes up, so does the price…”

Water Authority, MWD to submit post-trial briefs in rate suit / San Diego Source : “Less than two weeks remain before the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the San Diego County Water Authority submit post-trial briefs in the water-rate lawsuit that began in 2010…”

The time had to be right for desal and ‘volts wagons’ / U-T San Diego : “As San Diegans with long teeth recall, the $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad is not the region’s first large-scale experience with a life-source science that dates back centuries…”

Otay Water District reelects board president / San Diego Source : “The Otay Water District board of directors has unanimously reelected Jose Lopez to serve as president. Lopez has served as president for the past two years…”

Water main break reported on Del Rey Street in Pacific Beach / 10News.com : “Nearly 50 customers are without water service Monday afternoon after a main break on Del Rey Street in Pacific Beach…”

Sewage spills near San Diego Bay / FOX5 San Diego : “A spill of about 100 gallons of sewage prompted a pollution alert Tuesday for a stretch of shoreline along the northern reaches of San Diego Bay…”

Water main break in Linda Vista / KFMB Channel 8 : “A water main broke in Linda Vista early Friday, sending water flowing down the street toward Kelly Park, police said…”

Main break leaves OB residents without water / NBC 7 San Diego : “A water main break in Ocean Beach left some residents without water service Saturday…near the intersection of Del Monte Avenue and Froude Street in OB…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup: Dec 23-29, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 30, 2013

Clear warm weather and glassy conditions last Friday at Sunset Cliffs (South Garbage).

Clear warm weather and glassy conditions last Friday at Sunset Cliffs (South Garbage).

 


Dry year takes toll on San Diego River / KPBS : “A third year of dry conditions in San Diego is taking a toll on the San Diego River. Many parts of the 52-mile-long waterway resemble a swampy pond: The water is perfectly still and there’s no flow to wash away overgrown plants that have created floating canopies…”

2013 among driest years in decades / U-T San Diego : “The dome of high pressure that’s been steering most storms away from Southern California since late November will linger until at least Jan. 6th, guaranteeing that 2013 will be among the driest years that San Diego has experienced in the past three decades…”

S.D. County Water Authority case against Metropolitan Water District wraps up in court; judge to issue decision in late January / Fallbrook Village News : “Lawyers for the San Diego County Water Authority on Monday, Dec. 23, wrapped up their case against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, concluding a five-day trial with more than $2 billion at stake for county residents…”

La Mesa response to sewer spill penalty / La Mesa Courier : “The City of La Mesa has been working systematically to reduce sewer inflow and infiltration since 2001. Some inflow and infiltration is normal, expected and taken into account when sewer models are created and pipes are designed, but not to the volume generated by a 350 year storm…”

Encinitas gets nat’l conservation award / U-T San Diego : “The City of Encinitas came close to winning first place in a national water conservation contest…pledging to save water and then taking measures to conserve, such as sweeping instead of using a hose to clean up…”

Construction progresses at North County desalination plant / KPBS : “There’s not much to see but cranes when you drive past the construction site of the largest desalination project yet built in the Western Hemisphere. But the billion-dollar plant being built on the Carlsbad coastline is wrapping up its first year of construction…”

SD sued over sea lion stench / U-T San Diego : “At least two businesses have joined to sue San Diego over the stench from sea-lion waste at La Jolla Cove, accusing the city of not acting promptly to find a consistent and comprehensive solution…”

Council members approve sewer rate increase / U-T San Diego : ” Chula Vista City Council members have increased sewer rates effective in July that will boost the cost for the average single-family residence by 8.8 percent next year, or about $3.50 a month…”

IID chief engineer to head water department / Imperial Valley Press : “The Imperial Irrigation District’s chief water department engineer has been tapped to lead the department. Former general manager and current water department manager Jesse Silva will retire Jan. 10…”

Water main break closes La Mesa street / City News Service via KFMB with video : “A water main broke beneath a La Mesa roadway Sunday, city officials said. The water main break was reported shortly after 1 p.m. in the 6300 block of Southern Road near Dixie Drive…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup – Dec 16-22, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 23, 2013

The San Dieguito Reservoir receives water from Lake Hodges and serves as a pre-treatment process. The water is then pumped to a full treatment plant and delivered to Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, and other areas.

The San Dieguito Reservoir receives water from Lake Hodges and serves as a pre-treatment process. The water is then pumped to a full treatment plant and delivered to Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, and other areas.

 


San Diego apparently did not receive the water memo / Farm Press Blog : “Apparently news hasn’t made it to San Diego that the rest of California is experiencing a severe drought. But as long as the tourists keep their flow of vacation dollars moving through the economy there, who cares, right?…”

City of Carlsbad in a fight for water / San Diego Reader : “In 2010, the City of Carlsbad released an Urban Water Management Plan that cited the “cost-effectiveness of utilizing groundwater.” The study concluded “that while the treatment and delivery of groundwater is feasible, it is not cost-effective.” But as water rates increased, the argument over cost-effectiveness changed…”

Rancho Santa Fe water officials voice concern over water supplies / Rancho Santa Fe Review : “Although rainfall totals are down in San Diego this year — the National Weather Service reported that through Dec. 16, rainfall at Lindbergh Field was 76 percent of normal —the real problem is lack of rain and snow in the Sierras and the Rocky mountains…”

Judge hears case involving San Diego County Water Authority / KPBS : “On the same day the trial gets underway in San Francisco, we talk with San Diego County Water Authority Spokesman Mike Lee about the agency’s decision to file suit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California…”

Coastkeeper, Surfrider tally San Diego beach cleanup data / Scoop San Diego : “San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter—two of the region’s leading environmental organizations—removed 9,544 pounds of trash from San Diego beaches in 2013…”

VCMWD sees increase in water usage, revenues / Valley Roadrunner : “The Valley Center Municipal Water District received a clean audit report at the Dec. 16 board meeting, and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report showed an increase in revenues compared with last year…”

Sewage runoff closes IB shoreline / U-T San Diego : “County health officials on Saturday expanded a water contact closure from the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge north along the Imperial Beach shoreline…”

Water district directors OK 4-year contract calling for 2 percent annual raise for workers / Ramona Sentinel : “With its employee union contract expiring Dec. 31, Ramona Municipal Water District directors approved a new four-year contract that gives employees a 2 percent annual raise and increases employee contributions to pensions…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup – Dec 9-15, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 16, 2013

Discovery Lake in San Marcos.

Discovery Lake in San Marcos.

 


San Diego agency enters high-stakes water fight / AP via San Jose Mercury News : “A trial beginning Tuesday in San Francisco will test the San Diego County Water Authority’s claim that the region’s 3.1 million residents are subsidizing nearly all the rest of Southern California. Its lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California brings to a head a long-running dispute…”

SD water war moves to court / U-T San Diego : “A judge will hear arguments on Tuesday to determine whether the Metropolitan Water District overcharges the San Diego County Water Authority by millions of dollars every year and in doing so subsidizes cheaper rates for users across the rest of Southern California…”

Release of Bay-Delta documents highlights need for cost-effective plan / San Diego County Water Authority : “The public release of thousands of pages of documents about fixing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta underscores the need for cost-effective and attainable solutions, the San Diego County Water Authority said Monday. About 20 percent of the San Diego region’s water supplies flow through the Bay-Delta…”

MWD approves water-sharing pact with IID / Imperial Valley Press : “The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved an agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District Tuesday that would allow both agencies to share equally in the costs of upgrading earthquake-damaged water infrastructure in Mexico, in return for an equal share of conserved water that should result…”

Desal battle over growth, not plankton / U-T San Diego : “Critics of the “green” movement often claim that environmentalists put the needs of snail darters and other critters above the well-being of humans. But I’ve never heard even those given to overstatement say that green activists care more about plankton and microorganisms than people. That might soon change…”

El Cajon water conservation group wins California’s highest environmental honor / KPBS : “When it comes to educating children about saving water, a nonprofit group in El Cajon is doing it right. The Water Conservation Garden was one of 13 recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership award, the California Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday…”

Brady talks about water districts’ savings as result of JPA / Fallbrook Village News : “The joint powers agreement between the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District created the North County Joint Powers Authority. Brian Brady serves as the executive officer of the North County JPA, the general manager of FPUD, and the general manager of the Rainbow district…”

La Mesa penalized for 2010 sewage discharges / U-T San Diego : “The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board has assessed an $801,462 penalty against the city of La Mesa for spilling more than 1.3 million gallons of raw sewage in December 2010…”

Water main break reported near Miramar Road / 10News.com : “San Diego’s water department states that because the break was caused by contractors on a private service line, the property owner will be responsible for repairs…”

Crews repair water main break at 44th Street, Logan Avenue in Mountain View area of San Diego / 10News.com : “An underground water-pipeline connector broke in a Mountain View-area neighborhood early Monday, flooding a street and leaving nearly two dozen homes without functional plumbing for about six hours…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup – Dec 2-8, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on December 9, 2013

The City of San Diego's Upper Otay Reservoir was established in 1959 as a hatchery for the propagation and introduction of Florida-strain largemouth bass.  Today the reservoir offers 'catch-and-release' fishing for Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, and bullhead.

The City of San Diego’s Upper Otay Reservoir was established in 1959 as a hatchery for the propagation and introduction of Florida-strain largemouth bass. Today the reservoir offers ‘catch-and-release’ fishing for Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, and bullhead.

 


Imperial Valley agencies develop plan to save ailing Salton Sea / Los Angeles Times : “With an ominous deadline approaching, two feuding Imperial Valley agencies have put aside their differences and developed a plan they hope can save the ailing Salton Sea, the state’s largest body of water and often considered its most vexing environmental problem. A sense of urgency comes from the fact that after 2017, under its water sales agreement with the San Diego County Water Authority, the Imperial Irrigation District will no longer send water directly into the sea…”

Salton Sea may become financial sinkhole / U-T San Diego : “The Legislature’s efforts to “save” the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake and one of the nation’s eeriest places, have gone virtually nowhere in the last decade, unless one counts the millions of dollars that have been spent on personnel and consultants. That’s the conclusion of a recent report by State Auditor Elaine Howle…”

ACWA presents communications award to San Diego’s Department of Public Utilities / Digital Journal : “The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the City of San Diego for its multi-faceted public outreach campaign on a new Water Purification Demonstration Project…”

SDCWA persists in water cost war / The Coast News : “Though working on diversifying its water supply sources, SDCWA (San Diego County Water Authority) will remain reliant on the supplier it is suing over water costs. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is the primary supplier of imported water for six counties in Southern California, San Diego County included…”

Health officials close beaches after sewage spills into San Diego River / ScoopSanDiego.com : “An estimated 22,500 gallons of sewage spilled and entered the San Diego River, which flows out to the ocean near the southern portion of Mission Beach and the Dog Beach area of Ocean Beach…”

Why you shouldn’t panic over the OB sewage spill / Voice of San Diego : “Earlier this week, a huge batch of sewage gushed into the San Diego River, shutting down parts of Mission Beach and Ocean Beach. It made us wonder: How grody is the water that runs through our county? It turns out it’s not an easy question to answer…”

CWA vote entitlement percentage down for Rainbow MWD, FPUD / Fallbrook Village News : “The San Diego County Water Authority board meeting Nov. 21 approved the 2014 vote entitlements for SDCWA member agencies, and the weighted vote for the Rainbow Municipal Water District and the Fallbrook Public Utility District will decrease from the agencies’ 2013 vote entitlements…”

Encinitas faces $430K fine for runoff at park site / U-T San Diego : ” Encinitas is facing $430,000 state fine from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board for twice letting sediment-filled stormwater flow off a huge city park construction site and into San Elijo Lagoon…”

EDITORIAL: Don’t duck accountability for dubious PR spending / The Press-Enterprise : “Leaving troubling questions unanswered does not build confidence in a public agency. Eastern Municipal Water District officials need to give ratepayers a full accounting for a $60,000 outlay on a secret public relations campaign in another county. Even a high-stakes legal battle does not excuse the water district from accountability. Eastern released a trove of internal documents last month as part of a court case brought by the San Diego County Water Authority…”

FPUD, Rainbow boards begin LAFCO consolidation / Fallbrook Village News : “The functional consolidation between the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District may turn into an actual jurisdictional consolidation by the end of 2014…”

 

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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 / 10News.com : ” 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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San Diego regional water news roundup – Nov 18-24, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 25, 2013

Standing on the east shore of the Salton Sea.

Standing on the east shore of the Salton Sea.

 


City completes water pump station / City of Oceanside : “The City of Oceanside recently completed work on the 511 Pump Station. This pump station will optimize the treatment capability of the Mission Basin Groundwater Purification Facility allowing full utilization of the City of Oceanside’s groundwater resources…”

Oceanside water main break creates large sinkhole in road / KPBS : “A 16-inch water main break caused a large sinkhole alongside a two-lane road in Oceanside early Wednesday, authorities said…”

Capitol Alert: California auditor raises concerns about Salton Sea strategy / Sacramento Bee : “California officials need to start focusing on restoring the ailing Salton Sea or else the state faces hundreds of millions of dollars in new costs as early as 2025, according to a new state audit…”

San Diego’s Salton Sea plan might get expensive / San Diego Reader : “San Diego’s deal to take water from the Imperial Valley to meet the demands of growth and development here will begin taking a dramatic and expensive toll on the environment of the Salton Sea in 2017, says a new report by the California state auditor’s office…”

Groundwater projects boost local water supply / U-T San Diego : “Last week, Oceanside celebrated the installation of a new 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 the 2012-13 fiscal year to about 6,000 acre-feet this year…”

Beach closed; sewage contaminates Imperial Beach waters / Imperial Beach Patch : “A general advisory warning beachgoers to avoid water contact is currently in effect for all San Diego County beaches…”

Keeping water on tap in San Diego / U-T San Diego : “Throughout the county, the water authority and its member agencies are trying to stabilize water prices and secure supply by cutting operational costs, purifying wastewater and seawater, and mining the region’s scant groundwater supplies. Here are some of those plans…”

Long-Term Water Facilities and Climate Action Plans released for public review / San Diego County Water Authority : “The San Diego County Water Authority’s draft water facilities master plan and Climate Action Plan were released for public review today, along with an environmental analysis of the two long-range plans. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Water Authority’s headquarters in Kearny Mesa. The Board of Directors is expected to consider adoption of the documents no later than March 2014…”

 

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San Diego regional water news roundup – Nov 11-17, 2013

Posted by George J Janczyn on November 18, 2013

Lower Otay reservoir and dam. The reservoir's capacity is 49,849 acre-feet. Imported water helps keep levels up...at the end of October it was 73% filled (click image to enlarge).

Lower Otay reservoir and dam. The reservoir’s capacity is 49,849 acre-feet. Imported water helps keep levels up…at the end of October it was 73% filled (click image to enlarge).

 

Court finds PVC pipe manufacturer guilty of fraud, City of San Diego among victims

According to a news release from PR Newswire last Thursday, a Los Angeles federal district court jury found that JM Eagle, a large pipe manufacturer, “knowingly manufactured and sold to government entities substandard plastic pipe that was used in water and sewer systems in various states around the country.” The company will have to pay unspecified damages to the many entities that purchased the substandard PVC pipe.

The City of San Diego and San Diego County are listed as being participants in the case. While City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s pleased reaction to the verdict is quoted in the news release, the San Diego Public Utilities Department (PUD) and San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) on Friday were not able to answer my questions, including how extensive these pipes are in their systems and which, if any, have already failed.

[Update: on Monday SDCWA representative Mike Lee informed me the Authority was not involved in the case…in fact they don’t use PVC pipe at all, so it’s not clear what agency the news item referred to when it said “San Diego County” was a participant in the suit. As for the City, PUD’s Brent Eidson noted that it’s difficult to pin down which pipes came from a given manufacturer because so much installation work is outsourced and pipe purchases are done by the contractors.]

The news release said that “Nevada was one of the largest purchasers of JM Eagle pipe and experienced many failures of that pipe.”

The news release from PR Newswire gives a good summary of the overall case, and considerable background information is listed on the Philips & Cohen website (a representative for the plaintiffs).

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Repeat water line breaks on La Jolla street raise concerns about infrastructure / La Jolla Light : “The city began emergency replacement of 1,500 feet of underground water line on Country Club Drive this week, following three breaks in the past 30 days, the most recent of which, on Nov. 2, sent water gushing down the street, flooding a home in the 7100 block of Country Club Drive….”

San Diego on track for one of the driest years on record / KPBS : “San Diego might get a trace of rain this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, but it’s not likely to veer us off course for being one of the driest years on record…”

Desalination isn’t the answer to California’s water problem / Los Angeles Times : “Ocean water desalination doesn’t pencil out. It’s far too expensive to produce potable water from seawater — about $2,000 an acre foot, compared to about $1,000 an acre foot for imported water. It requires a tremendous amount of energy to purify saltwater. And there are potentially serious environmental impacts from sucking in millions of gallons of ocean water and pumping the leftover brine back into the ocean…”

Water use triples at East County project / U-T San Diego : “A San Diego Gas & Electric substation being built in East County is using three times as much water as originally approved in environmental documents, a drain on groundwater supplies that concerns residents…”

Public invited to participate in water quality improvement plan / Port of San Diego : “Community groups, residents and businesses are encouraged to attend a public workshop to discuss the San Diego Bay Watershed’s water quality issues and potential solutions that will help inform the planning process…”

 

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