“State and local water officials want to cut by more than half the maximum supply of recycled water that can be purchased to replenish the San Jacinto Wildlife Area, raising calls by environmentalists for more scrutiny.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Cynthia Koehler and Audrey Finci:
“‘Can Anybody Save California?’ That was the headline of a Politico story earlier this month about our state’s water crisis. Predictions of apocalypse are not uncommon when it comes to water in the West, and yet buried in the same story was a major part of the answer; notwithstanding an additional 4 million residents, demand for water in Southern California has not risen since 1990 – due largely to conservation measures.
“Organic dairy farmers greeted proposed legislation to use treated wastewater for livestock consumption with skepticism Thursday, saying it risks the health of their animals and could jeopardize their businesses.”
“Being a resort community, the Coachella Valley is full of ornamental water features outside hotels, housing developments and golf courses. …
“These types of features typically use water recycled through their systems, but experts say they could hurt California’s water conservation efforts if they’re left unchecked while the state contends with a drought.”
“The Coachella Valley’s water agencies have been awarded a state grant of more than $5.2 million for five water projects that include expanding sewer systems and connecting more golf courses to supplies of recycled water and Colorado River water.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“As the state faces one of the driest years on record, the California Department of Water Resources announced today [Feb. 12] the award of nearly $153 million to 138 separate integrated regional water management projects around the state, many of which will provide long-term drought relief by expanding water conservation and water recycling. Approved by voters in 2006, Proposition 84 made $1 billion in grants available for local and regional water projects. The awards announced today [Feb.
“Gov. Brown said today that California, facing an unprecedented drought, needs to “make investments in safe drinking water” and that “recycling, expanded storage and serious groundwater management must all be part of the mix.” But the governor did not endorse multibillion-dollar bond plans to build water infrastructure projects.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The Bureau of Reclamation announced Wednesday, Nov. 13, the application period is now open for grants from the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART initiative for congressionally authorized Title XVI water reclamation and reuse projects that are pursuing cost-shared funding.”
“Aiming to help Escondido’s struggling farmers get cheaper water, city officials are moving forward with a $12 million pipeline expansion that will bring treated sewer water to hundreds of citrus and avocado groves.
“The City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the project, which would more than triple the length of the city’s recycled water line — from 3 miles to more than 10 miles.”
“Access to source water for a proposed recycled water project remains uncertain even after months of formal talks over availability and as environmental review is poised to begin.
“Officials from the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency have been conducting confidential ‘meet and confer’ sessions since August to try to reach an agreement on using Peninsula wastewater for the sewage treatment agency’s groundwater replenishment project.”
“In an attempt to alleviate pressures on an overused aquifer, the Coachella Valley’s largest water district plans to set more specific goals and establish a timetable for connecting golf courses to pipes carrying recycled water and water from the Colorado River.”
“In a rare signing message, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday came out forcefully in favor of a San Diego County Water Authority push to turn wastewater into drinking water dubbed by critics as “toilet-to-tap.”
“Carried by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, the measure directs state agencies to start the process of bringing uniformity to water reuse rules.”
“Homeowners associations, with their large common areas, are a big draw on water supplies. Recognizing that, the county’s water wholesaler and individual water districts offer programs designed to help associations and their residents reduce outdoor water use.”