Archive for date: October 28th, 2016
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It’s a good deal if you can get it: Some North County water customers are paying less for their water than it’s worth.
The Vallecitos Water District – which provides water to 97,000 people in and around San Marcos – has kept rates so low it’s now selling water at a loss.
The shenanigans within the small district offer a window into the lengths some California water officials will go to avoid raising rates.
In Vallecitos, the low rates have become an issue in this fall’s water board elections.
San Diego County’s reliance on imported water is among the highest in California. Despite previous and planned local investments in desalination and recycling, most of this region’s water will continue to come from distant watersheds for decades to come as far as any water planner today can see. In fact, by 2040 the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) estimates 80 percent of their supply will be imported even with water efficiency savings and increased local supplies. Nearly half of that water will come from Metropolitan Water District which gets its supply from the Colorado River and Sierra Nevada.