I drove out past Merced last year to see a dairy farmer testing a new idea. He irrigated 40 acres of feed corn with drip lines, which are much more common in orchards and vineyards than annual crops. The lines did more than conserve water. They delivered fertilizer, in the form of nitrogen-rich wastewater from one of the farm’s manure lagoons. Such precise application could reduce the risk of pollutants seeping into drinking-water aquifers – a concern with the widespread practice of flood irrigating with lagoon water.
Archive for date: September 16th, 2016
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August was record-breaking water consumption for the Yuima Municipal Water District, which serves a large part of Pauma Valley. It was the highest consumption of water since it formed in 1963.General Manager Lori Johnson said customers of the tiny district purchased a total of 1,095 acre-feet of water, the highest on record. Ninety seven percent of consumption in Yuima is for agricultural use and August historically is the hottest month. In August the District took maximum flows (16 cfs) from the San Diego County Water Authority.
Before recorded history, Native American tribes like the Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, Ramona and Pechanga hunted and fished along the 27-mile free-flowing river created by the rainfall and watershed coming off Anza’s Thomas Mountain. The river runs southwest through Anza, Aguanga, Temecula, portions of Murrieta and Wildomar into Fallbrook, from there to Camp Pendleton where its overflow empties into the Pacific Ocean. The runoff also feeds a huge underground water basin. Today, the water from the basin is drawn out by wells that many local people depend on for their homes and commercial enterprises.
The Aug. 23 meeting of the Rainbow Municipal Water District (MWD) board included a presentation on the district’s potential water reclamation plant and recycled water distribution system. Although the future infrastructure was a non-voting item, the board agreed with Rainbow staff’s recommendation that the various options should be evaluated in further detail. “The board gave direction to take the next phase, which is to do a high-level analysis,” said Rainbow general manager Tom Kennedy. In January 2015, the Rainbow board awarded a professional services contract to Atkins to update Rainbow’s water and wastewater master plans.
The California Supreme Court has ruled that a Southern California water supplier can go ahead with the purchase of five Delta Islands, regardless of the opposition and lawsuit against it. Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will go ahead with the $175 million sale of the Delta Islands as ruled by the Supreme Court. Since MWD initiated the sale, several injunctions have been placed against it stopping the purchase from going through. Several lawsuits have also been filed by San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, Delta Island farmers and a series of environmental groups.
John Linden has served on the Helix Water District Board since 2000. He’s proud of his service and of the Helix district’s long history since its establishment back in the 1880s. He’s running for reelection in district 1, against three challengers. We sat down for an interview with Linden that originally aired on KNSJ radio. Linden has a long history in water management.
Construction work began Sept. 8 on a water treatment plant here that will use chloramine, instead of chlorine, to disinfect drinking water. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson said the change to chloramine — which is being made to meet federal regulations — will “ensure that residents of Green Meadows and Watts have access to the highest quality water.” Harris-Dawson took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the $19.1 million chloramine facility — to be built at the 99th Street Water Treatment Plant in the 9800 block of Wadsworth Avenue — that will serve about 20,000 households, businesses and multi-family complexes.