San Diego County / Southern California

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in the San Diego County region and Southern California.

‘H2O’ Program Aims to Ease Burden of Water Bills for the Poor

Four months after increasing water rates, the San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a program to help poor water customers pay their bills. The program, branded Help to Others, or H2O, would solicit tax-deductible donations from ratepayers through their water bills. That money would subsidize the water bills of low-income San Diegans. The program […]

18 record requests that took 100 days or more

California state law requires public records to be made promptly available, and allows 10 days to respond in certain siuations, plus another 14 for more limited circumstances. But in practice, the process can take a lot longer, U-T Watchdog found in a project to mark the nationwide open government event known as Sunshine Week.

Drenched by ‘March Miracle,’ Northern California Reservoirs Inch Toward Capacity

A series of storms pushed California’s biggest reservoir past its historical average for mid-March this weekend and put the second largest one on track for doing the same by Monday afternoon, officials said. Together the Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville reservoirs have the capacity to hold more than 8 million acre feet of water and […]

Water Wars: Orange County Water District Wants Desalinated Water; Irvine Ranch Doesn’t. Who Will Win?

Citing potentially higher costs that would be passed on to customers, Orange County’s largest provider of water to homes and businesses is intensifying its opposition to a key supplier’s plan to buy desalinated water from a proposed $1 billion Huntington Beach plant.