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Metropolitan Water District sued

The Metropolitan Water District has been sued over the multi million-dollar purchase of five islands in the Sacramento River Delta. Two Northern California counties, two water districts and two environmental groups filed suit on Thursday.  Brenna Norton with Food and Water Watch, one of plaintiffs, says: “This is really they effort to push through a […]

Water wars between San Diego and MWD boil up again

Twenty-five years ago, the San Diego County Water Authority, the organization that provides water to the region’s 24 water districts, decided its water supplies had become a bit too iffy during a severe drought and set about diversifying its sources of supply. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the county water authority’s main supplier, […]

Groups sue to block south state water district’s purchase of Delta islands

Just days after a powerful Southern California water agency announced it was spending $175 million to buy five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a coalition of opponents has sued to demand environmental review of the purchase. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in San Joaquin Superior Court by San Joaquin and Contra […]

Metropolitan Water District’s Delta Islands purchase challenged by lawsuit

“People need to understand that MWD is not acting in the best interest of Southern Californians – it is only furthering their position as a water broker to import water to cities and utilities,” said Adam Scow, the California Director of Food and Water Watch, at the noon rally. “In fact, the Cities of Los […]

Metropolitan Water District’s $175 million land deal raises alarms in delta

In a multimillion-dollar deal, Southern California’s major water provider is acquiring five tracts of land in the heart of the Sacramento Delta, where the state is proposing to re-engineer water delivery systems. With the land purchase, the Metropolitan Water District is also raising suspicions among its new neighbors. Zurich American, a subsidiary of a Swiss […]

San Diego facing another water rate hike – MWD votes to increase water prices

Southern California homeowners have seen their water rates go up almost 400 percent in 10 years. Now another increase voted on by the Metropolitan Water District will raise rates on its prices for 2017 and 2018.  Jason Foster with the San Diego Water Authority says those prices will get passed on to retail water agencies […]

MWD rate hike harms water authority, San Diegans

It’s been 25 years since the San Diego County Water Authority decided to broadly diversify its supplies. The authority’s experiences dealing with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California during a severe drought led officials to believe they urgently needed additional sources of water to avoid disaster in a future drought. This triggered a harsh […]

Despite loss in court, water supplier still sticking San Diego with big bills

Even though San Diego water customers may be owed hundreds of millions of dollars by the region’s largest water supplier, it will be a long time before anyone sees a dime. A judge ruled last year that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California charged too much to deliver water to San Diego from the […]

Met’s fiscal practices underscore the importance of local water projects

Metropolitan Water District’s fiscal practices underscore the importance of San Diego County water agencies continuing to implement local water projects that are reliable, drought-proof and more cost-effective than ever. By Mark Weston | 7 hours ago On Tuesday, the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expected to approve more rate hikes […]

Agency needs transparency before raising rates

Few people would be shocked to learn that the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District is once again preparing to raise water rates and property taxes for the next two years, given its history of similar increases. What alarms me most is that Metropolitan is doing so using methodology that a state Superior Court judge has […]

Businesses get fat rebate checks for water-saving turf replacement

A tractor rumbled over 2 acres of green turf last month at the MillerCoors brewery, its mechanical rake leaving wide swaths of thirsty grass chomped up in its wake. The once-lush knoll, by springtime, will feature a pathway of decomposed granite, a bed of river rocks and a sign encouraging water conservation. For its water-saving […]

Historic win for County Water Authority over MWD villains

On Friday, the San Diego County Water Authority won a historic victory — and sweet vindication — when a judge affirmed its contention that it has been systematically overcharged by the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, known as MWD. Click here to read the story.