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Robert Kephart Selected To Fill Division 4 Vacancy On OMWD Board Of Directors

Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors selected Robert Kephart at its Nov. 7 meeting as the new director representing Division 4 of OMWD’s service area. Kephart fills the seat left vacant by the resignation of Jerry Varty. Kephart has 20 years of service on the County of San Diego Service Area 107 Fire Advisory Board and currently serves on the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Foundation board. A volunteer firefighter for the Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove Fire Department for 19 years, he achieved the rank of captain and chaired the department’s facilities committee.

City To Begin Construction Of Revolutionary Drinking Water Recycling Plant In Spring

San Diego’s revolutionary project to ensure an adequate supply of drinking water by recycling it received the final go-ahead on Thursday. The City Council authorized Mayor Kevin Faulconer to award construction contracts for the $614 million first phase of the project, which will produce 30 million gallons a day beginning in 2021. “This will be one of the most important infrastructure projects in city history and puts San Diego on the path to water independence for the first time,” Faulconer said. “Pure Water will deliver a safe, reliable and sustainable source of water for all San Diegans for generations to come. It’s just the latest example of how we’re leaving a cleaner San Diego than the one we inherited.”

City, SDG&E In $120 million Disagreement

San Diego Gas and Electric and the city of San Diego are in a disagreement that could be worth up to $120 million. The controversy is over San Diego’s Pure Water project, which would turn sewage into high treated drinking water. The city’s goal is to have a third of its water supply be reclaimed water by 2035.  To accomplish that, the city plans to build a $1 billion pipeline to pump sewage from the Morena area to the North City Water Reclamation Plant on the edge of Miramar.

Water In California

The federal government and the state of California seem to love suing each other, and have done so dozens of times in the past two years without causing anyone much damage. But President Donald Trump is now threatening to sue the state over control of water. This could harm a lot of people, because water is the source of the most contentious and enduring battles in America’s largest state.

Major Colorado River Water User Floats Arizona Drought Plan

A major Colorado River water user has proposed an interim plan for Arizona as the state faces looming a looming deadline to manage expected shortages. The Central Arizona Project board said its proposal could jumpstart talks after previous ones failed to gain consensus among water users. The agency wants to draw up to 400,000 acre-feet of water it stored in Lake Mead and 50,000 acre-feet in Lake Pleasant, and implement a $60 million conservation program to lessen the burden of shortages on mainly farmers and developers. Another program would help improve groundwater systems but doesn’t have a price tag.