San Diego’s recycled water project is facing roadblocks at a crucial time, partly thanks to an unusual problem: the city is running short on sewage. San Diego is aiming to make reused sewer water drinkable and widespread within a matter of years. The project is branded Pure Water. The city operates an outdated sewage treatment plant at Point Loma. For years, the city has avoided spending $2 billion to upgrade the plant by promising to build Pure Water.
Archive for date: October 21st, 2016
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On Election Day, November 8, area voters will determine the following: Which candidates will take possession of the contested open seats (Division 1 and Division 4) on the Fallbrook Public Utilities District board. Which candidates will seize the contested open seats (Division 2 and Division 5) on the Rainbow Municipal Water District board. Which candidates will occupy the two open seats on the Fallbrook Union High School District board. Which candidates will commandeer the two open seats on the Bonsall Unified School District board.
The largest reservoir in the country now stands at just 37 percent full. Lake Mead reached its lowest point on record this year, and federal water officials estimate the odds of the reservoir slipping into shortage conditions in 2018 at nearly 50-50. The reservoir’s decline reflects a fundamental deficit in how the Colorado River has been divided up for decades. The old system of allotments that sustains farms and cities is doling out much more water than the river can provide, and the strains on the river are being compounded by 16 years of drought and rising temperatures.
As the days darken, all eyes are on the Sierra Nevada, then the sky, with a glance back at the mountains, to the Internet for forecast information, over to the thermometer — all in a fidgety search for a sign, any sign, that this winter will be wet. It is an increasingly desperate and often futile exercise that farmers, skiers, water officials, meteorologists and residents tired of water rationing slog through each fall in an attempt to decrypt the capricious California climate.
Last week, along with more than 100 other elected and municipal water leaders, we asked the White House to support local efforts to promote water-use efficiency, reuse and green infrastructure solutions in our communities. As cities and towns across the West have risen to the challenge of conserving water in the face of historic drought, consumer rebate programs have grown significantly and have been imperative to our success. However, these rebates may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service, a clear financial disincentive and one that could seriously undermine conservation efforts.
More financial assistance is needed from the state to boost water recycling and further other water conservation projects in Los Angeles, city Controller Ron Galperin said Friday in a letter penned with Mayor Eric Garcetti. The state’s $15 million cap on each city for the state water board’s Recycled Water Funding Program has limited the amount of money the city can put into such projects, the elected officials wrote in a letter to the Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources. They urged the state agencies to consider avoiding these types of caps for future grant programs.