The Orange County Water District Board of Directors voted 9-1 to enter into formal negotiations with Poseidon Water to secure the single largest source of new water in Orange County – 56,000 acre-feet annually of water from the proposed seawater desalination project in Huntington Beach.
Orange County residents, and businesses and community leaders are invited to engage with water utilities and legislators on possible remedies, long-term solutions and the pros and cons of the water bond at the 3rd Annual O.C. Water Summit, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 14 at the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland Resort (Anaheim).
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47)announced that she has introduced a bill to help improve Orange Countyâ€™s access to clean, reliable sources of water. H.R. 5039 would authorize $26 million in federal funding for the expansion of the Orange County Water Districtâ€™s Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS). The largest water purification project of its kind in the world, the GWRS takes highly treated wastewater and purifies it to levels that meet state and federal drinking water standards.
Jennifer Muir over at the OC Register’s OC Watchdog blog brings us the hardship story (snark) of the OC Water District General Manager finally getting a raise. Well, at least it was a hardship for him. While his 145 employees had to skip a wage increase, he gets a 10% raise and a $15,000 bonus.…