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San Diego regional water news roundup June 18-23, 2010

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 24, 2010

 


City looks into earth-friendly solar power / The Coast News“OCEANSIDE — SunEdison presented an overview of a proposed solar photo-voltaic system at a community workshop held June 9. The solar system promises to fuel part of the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation facility at a lower cost and reduce the plant’s carbon footprint.”

Indirect potable reuse: the solution to San Diego’s water crisis [student contest essay] / Voice of San Diego“Purified wastewater is completely safe for drinking and has the potential to alleviate environmental strains and aid in reversing San Diego’s water crisis.”

Helix votes to hike water rates — again / East County Magazine“By a 3-2 vote, Helix Water District’s Board on June 16 voted to increase water rates as recommended by staff. Board members Kathleen Coates Hedberg and De Ana Verbeke opposed the rate hike, while members Richard Smith, John Linden and Chuck Muse voted in favor of raising rates. The rate hike would average 8.8% per household, or an average of $10.06. But higher water users may pay up to 12% more.”

Lutar: Taxpayers support and need Carlsbad desalination project [commentary] / San Diego News Network“As an independent, non-profit organization fighting for the rights of California’s taxpayers, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association believes the Carlsbad Desalination Project is an innovative public-private partnership that protects taxpayers from financial risk while providing a desperately needed new drinking water supply.”

County Water Authority prepares for major quake / 10News“The most recent earthquakes to shake San Diego have raised more awareness of the possibility of a major earthquake hitting southern California, but water officials said they have already begun preparing.”

Water conservation in Calexico to remain until treatment facility is operational / Imperial Valley Press“Water conservation here will remain in effect until technicians finish work on a facility that may not be completed until the end of July, an official said Tuesday. Calexico’s 10 million gallon clarifier was severely damaged during the 7.2-magnitude April 4 earthquake which prompted the call for residents to conserve water.”

Poseidon desal deal? Govt may rescue junk bond project / Surf City Voice“Due to soaring cost estimates and lack of private financing for a proposed 50-million-gallon per day Carlsbad desalination project, a government water agency may negotiate a takeover deal with the project’s developer, Poseidon Resources, Inc.”

Agencies ask Water Authority to save desal project / North County Times“Local cities and water districts are asking the Water Authority to take over their contract with Poseidon Resources Corp., said officials from the nine agencies involved. The Water Authority is scheduled to consider that request at its board meeting Thursday, according to its agenda.”

CA Attorney General’s office threatens lawsuit against Padre Dam after water district defies Native American Heritage Commission, continues construction at site deemed sacred / East County Magazine“Community leaders testify on Viejas’ behalf, ask Padre’s water board to find alternative solution;
Viejas to ask judge on Friday to extend injunction”

More questions about public pensions — at Helix Water [commentary] / La Mesa Today“The Saturday edition of the U/T reported a planned 8.8% hike in water rates for the Helix Water District (HWD). This outrageous action is another instance of our elected representatives putting the well being of public sector employees above their constituents. While the HWD Board asks ratepayers for more money, they continue to pay outrageous benefits to their employees.”

 

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Water recycling at Viejas

Posted by George J Janczyn on June 27, 2009

Viejas water storage tanks

Viejas water storage tanks

Yesterday I went up to Viejas to find out about their recycled water system.  What’s pretty cool is that they capture 100% of their wastewater, put it through their nearby water treatment plant, and then store it in large water tanks (partially hidden behind a rock sculpture near I-8) to use for landscape  irrigation and as a reserve for firefighting.   Viejas is totally dependent on an underground aquifer for potable water–they have no outside water sources.

Viejas water treatment plant

Viejas water treatment plant

Aside from the wastewater recycling system are four small check dams creating ponds in the large pasture in the valley behind the casino.  That water comes from local runoff and the ponds allow water to percolate into the aquifer and provide drinking for grazing cattle and other wildlife. You can see the ponds in this satellite photo. A sign next to a small grove of fruit trees indicates they are watered with recycled water; however a staff member at the public works department told me they need to take the signs down because they no longer use recycled water for the fruit and that there isn’t enough recycled water to supply additional uses in the reservation aside from the casino and firefighting reserve. When I observed that the reservation has long undergone a tight water situation and it must be difficult, he said that on the other hand it’s nice not having to depend on outsiders.

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