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With Recent Heat Wave, Lake Tahoe Water Level Approaches Max Limit

The combination of the West Coast heat wave and spring’s snowfall in the Sierra has Lake Tahoe close to filling for the first time in over a decade. An influx of more than 12 billion gallons of water has poured into the lake this past week, leading to a four-inch rise in the water level since June 16, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday. The lake’s water level, which has a maximum legal limit of 6,229.1 feet, was measured at 6,228.84 feet Friday morning. Bruce Wilcox, the Governor’s Salton Sea task force appointee is one of the good guys.

Algae Bloom In Sweetwater Reservoir Blamed For Taste, Odor Problems

An algae bloom in the Sweetwater Reservoir has given water coming out of taps in the South Bay a funny taste and smell. Since May, dozens of Sweetwater Authority customers have called in to complain about unpleasant tasting and smelling water. Officials figured out this month that algae in the reservoir was causing the musty smell and earthy taste, and said an organic compound called geosmin was to blame. Chula Vista resident Katherine Hoyt said she first noticed an issue with the water in her Congregational Tower apartment in late May.

Helix Water District OK To Keep Funding Conservation Garden

The Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego will keep blossoming with the financial backing of the Helix Water District after board members with the district agreed to continue its annual contribution. Helix has been an active partner with the not-for-profit garden since its founding in 1999. The district’s annual contract with the group was set to expire at the end of this month. Nearly 20 years ago, Helix and other agencies formed a joint powers agreement to operate the six-acre garden. Those agencies include the city of San Diego, the San Diego County Water Authority and Otay Water District.

Court Ruling Throws a Wrench In Two Big Upcoming Water Decisions

The San Diego County Water Authority – and San Diego ratepayers – were dealt a major legal loss this week that could leave local water customers back on the hook for billions of dollars over the next several decades. For years, San Diego water officials have argued the region’s major supplier of water – the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – charges too much to deliver water to San Diego from the Colorado River. In 2015, a lower court judge sided with the Water Authority.

Bureau Of Reclamation: ‘No Chance’ Of Lake Mead Water Shortage In 2018

When Rose Davis read news reports last week that Nevada’s Lake Mead would sink by about 20 feet by January 2019, she jumped out of her seat. Davis is a media relations spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the announced decline came as a surprise – especially because BOR, which measures the water levels at Lake Mead, had predicted no such decline. According to Davis, water levels at Lake Mead remain stable, and the Bureau predicts no water shortages in leading up to 2019.

Appeals Court Strikes Millions in Damages for San Diego Water Provider

A California appeals court dealt San Diego’s water provider a major blow on Friday after it ruled a lower court erred in awarding millions in damages due to a series of apparent overcharges. The California First District Court of Appeal found that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies water to most Southern California residents, abided by regulations in charging the San Diego County Water Authority for water it delivered to the agency from the Colorado River.

San Diego County Water Authority Adopts $1.58 Billion Budget, 3.7 Percent Rate Hike In 2018

Water rates across San Diego County will soon go up after the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) adopted a $1.58 billion budget and a 3.7 percent rate hike during a public hearing Thursday. On May 18, the Water Authority announced it would push for the rate hike for 2018 to its 24 member agencies for both treated and untreated water. The budget for the fiscal years 2018 and 2019 was presented to the Water Authority’s board on May 22, along with the proposal for a rate hike.