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Tapped-Out Farmers Applaud Escondido Decision To Recycle Wastewater

It's not "recycled wastewater," it's "recycled water." Wastewater is one source from which water can be recycled. The same idea holds for solids like aluminum or paper. You don't call them "recycled trash" do you?

April 13, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Council Approves 15 Percent Water Rate Hike

On the Notice of Public Hearing mailed to all customers, the City estimated that the average single family residence using 12 HCF per month will see its total water rate increase by $1.89 per month. Your story says the increase will be "more than $80 per year" for a typical family.

Why is your figure so much higher than the city's estimate?

November 24, 2013 at 8:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego City Council To Consider $600K Settlement Over 2011 Blackout

This story (and the report by other San Diego media) obscures a key detail regarding this agenda item. The council will vote on funding an approved settlement, not whether to approve a proposed settlement.

According to the memo from PUD Director Roger Bailey asking to docket this item:

"The above item is to seek authorization to fund a settlement agreement with the Board <strong>that the Council approved in closed session on February 26, 2013.</strong>" (emphasis mine)

The memo is included with the supplemental materials for the agenda item.

March 4, 2013 at 2:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bruce Reznik Reflects On His 11 Years At San Diego Coastkeeper

Just a quick correction on the "100 million gallons a day" from Indirect Potable Reuse. As it now stands, the demonstration project will produce 1mgd and if full production is subsequently approved it will be 16mgd. Personally I would like to see a 100mgd operation, though.

January 25, 2011 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SD Council Approves Permanent Water Restrictions

Actually all the Level 2 restrictions were not made permanent (permanent meaning the restrictions stay in effect even when a level 2 drought alert is no longer in force).

Only one feature of the Level 2 restrictions was made permanent--watering only in morning and evening hours.

The other Level 2 restriction--how many minutes watering per day allowed--was not made permanent and will go away when the Level 2 declaration is withdrawn by the Council.

More details on my blog at

November 9, 2010 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Health Effects Of Marijuana

Health "affects" of marijuana eh? How about the mental effects?

September 27, 2010 at 10:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Do City Officials Want To Raise Water Rates Again?

It's now a day later, Saturday at 4:40pm and the audio isn't up yet, much less the transcript. You'll at least get the audio up, won't you?

September 11, 2010 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What Role Could Water Reclamation Play In San Diego's Future?

I disagree with Bruce's position that we should embrace the pejorative term "toilet to tap" (because he fears being accused of hiding the fact that wastewater is being treated) even while he admits the term helped to sink the project on its previous attempt.

Better to take Orange County's example and not be shy about vigorous public education. Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) succeeded there because the wastewater facts were well-communicated and understood, and OC did it without embracing terms like "toilet-to-tap" or "recycled sewage."

It's odd, too, that Las Vegas is rarely mentioned even though they augment the Lake Mead reservoir with their entire wastewater flow (193 million gallons per day) and reuse that water...and we're downstream from them so we're reusing it too. Meanwhile, if San Diego finishes this study and then approves a full-blown IPR operation, it will still be miniscule compared to the Las Vegas operation.

It's curious that many San Diegans are satisfied with standard treatment for our raw imported water supply that contains treated wastewater, but react negatively to our own wastewater stream being reused, even though it would be treated much more thoroughly than our imported water. The reason for that mental disconnect, I believe, is a lack of understanding due to ineffective public outreach.

Despite all the hype about San Diego's project being cutting edge and groundbreaking and setting an example, we're actually years behind many others. Unfortunately, even in the best case, it will still be many years before we catch up with IPR implementations elsewhere.

August 5, 2010 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Political Analysis: The Legacy Of Toilet To Tap

...or as Las Vegas puts it, "Reservoir to tap...and back again."

This media fixation on using the terms "toilet-to-tap" and "recycled sewage" is nuts. We can acknowledge wastewater as the source for the water purification process without having to push sewage in everybody's face in every headline, every paragraph, and every other sentence.

Give us a break already. We know what it is, we know it's safe and pure, we just want to know when the politics of obstruction are going to stop so we can get on with improving the reliability of our water supply.

August 4, 2010 at 1:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Council To Take Key Vote On Water Recycling

Why does the news media cast this vote as if the question is whether there should be a demonstration project? The project was approved years ago, funding for it has been collected through a temporary rate increase, and this facility is simply part of implementing the project. Valid questions would be whether the bidding process was done correctly or whether the company is competent and financially solvent. Whether there should be a project is not properly part of the debate.

Are you being manipulated by the ongoing machinations of Councilmembers DeMaio and Lightner who were against the project from the beginning?

July 26, 2010 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )