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New Water Rules Proposed

San Diego County water officials are proposing stricter regulations on local governments and developers to reduce water pollution. The building industry contends the new rules will cost consumers. KPB

New Water Rules Proposed

San Diego County water officials are proposing stricter regulations on local governments and developers to reduce water pollution. The building industry contends the new rules will cost consumers. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

County water officials say the development boom in San Diego has increased the flow of polluted storm-water runoff to waterways and beaches. Phil Hammer is an environmental scientist with the Regional Water Quality Control Board. He says most developments pave over dirt with concrete which allows more dirty water to flow into storm drains. Hammer says water officials want future developments to use methods to trap and filter that runoff.

Hammer: To prevent those water quality problems from worsening, we’re looking for changes in the way development occurs so that the runoff leaving these developments is treated and does not contain a high level of pollutants.

Hammer says the regional water board is expected to adopt the new standards at its meeting later this month. Some building industry officials say any increased development costs will be passed on to home buyers and other property users. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.