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San Diego County Water Authority announces MWD’s rates violated state law

A judge has upheld his ruling in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District that found the MWD’s rates violated state law, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Friday. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow on Thursday affirmed his Feb. 25 tentative ruling that stated MWD rates imposed since 2011 violated several statutes and Proposition […]

Restore the Delta blasts MWD’s secret campaign to keep its water monopoly

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California has engaged in a secret campaign to attack its critics in order to keep its water monopoly and to destroy Delta fish and farms, according to documents obtained by the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) under the California Public Records Act. Click here to read the […]

Raise a glass to greater water independence

Take a close look at that next glass of water from the kitchen faucet. Squint hard and you may see a reflection of the blood, sweat and tears it took to get it into your home. A little history may help you see it. Think back to 1991. At the time, San Diego County got […]

Diverting recycled water could save Burbank thousands of dollars

Each year, Burbank releases more than 2 billion gallons of unused recycled water into the Los Angeles River, but a plan to divert some of that for use elsewhere could save the city thousands of dollars on the cost of importing potable water. Under the proposed deal, the Burbank Water Reclamation Plant would redirect 110 […]

DWP to build groundwater treatment plants on Superfund site

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin. Two plants costing a combined $600 million to $800 million will restore groundwater pumping of drinking water from scores of San Fernando […]

Friedman vote brings backlash

Upset that they weren’t consulted when a colleague voted against a nearly $900,000 rebate from an agency that provides most of Glendale’s water, City Council members this week pushed for new guidelines on how regional board decisions are carried out. Councilwoman Laura Friedman — who cast the vote last week in her role as the […]

Despite windfall, Metropolitan Water plans to raise rates

Greater demand for water supplies, recent rate hikes and unexpected one-time savings have created a vast pile of spare cash at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s largest water district. But don’t get too excited. Water ratepayers across the region won’t see a refund check in their mailboxes or any immediate relief to their water […]

CalAware’s President urges you to citizen up

The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is based on the fundamental principle that the public has a right to public documents. Passed into law in 1968, it has been a part of our lives for so long that it’s easy to take it for granted—believing that it will always remain as it is. But as […]

Water agency unfair to San Diego

Founded in 1928, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is a confederation of 27 local water agencies that stretches from the Mexican border north to Santa Barbara. MWD has been the dominant purveyor of imported water to this region for most of its history, acting as a secret, shadow government. It created an impenetrable megalith that […]

Southwest agencies proposing rate hikes

Water and sewer bills could become more expensive this summer as three southwest Riverside County water districts consider rate increases. Just how expensive, however, depends on where one lives. This week, the Rancho California Water District and the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District will hold public hearings on proposed rate increases to both water and […]

San Diego loses financing fight with MWD

The Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors Tuesday dismissed pleas from powerful interests in the San Diego region to roll back increases in water rates, hold the line on property taxes and issue refunds to customers. The San Diego County Water Authority argued that Metropolitan should: • Reduce a planned 5 percent water rate increase […]

Why Government Robs You Blind: Because It Can — They Make and Enforce the Laws and Frighten You into Submission

Between pass-throughs and rate hikes and surcharges and transfers to other uses, you might have noticed your bills for water and power have been soaring for years. You ain’t seen nothing yet — utilities are the certain cash cow for government at all levels, a reservoir of money that can be used just about anyway […]