Will MWD try — again — to sabotage client seeking new water supplies?

Will MWD try — again — to sabotage client seeking new water supplies?

chinatownI’ve been a journalist in Socal since 1990, and I’ve never seen a story about government behavior as strange as the ones about the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California trying to sabotage its biggest client’s efforts to broaden its water supply and reduce its reliance on the MWD — shades of “Chinatown.” A milder version of this has happened in recent years, but it doesn’t compare with the shadowy malice of the first effort. which came in a …

… mid- and late-1990s fight between the San Diego County Water Authority and MWD over the authority’s interest in securing new water supplies from Imperial County. MWD secretively paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a public relations firm for what the Los Angeles Times called a “clandestine effort to discredit San Diego County water leaders.”

That’s from what I wrote a few years ago in chronicling all MWD’s machinations. We could soon see more. San Diego city leaders have joined with environmentalists in embracing a plan that would allow for thoroughly retreated wastewater to be used in city water supplies. In 20 years, officials say, this could supply 83 million gallons of water a day — one-third of the city’s needs.

This could set a precedent for not just other California cities but the world. It’s a far bigger threat to MWD’s hegemony over its 19 million customers from San Diego to Riverside to Santa Barbara than the San Diego County Water Authority’s deal in the 1990s to secure water from the Imperial Irrigation District.

So don’t be surprised if we soon see ad campaigns sponsored by previously unheard of groups popping up around Southern California warning of the perils of “toilet to tap.”

I’m not kidding. Self-serving arrogance is in the MWD’s DNA.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 17 November, 2014, 12:29

    Hey, the intelligensia better figure something out. Here it is…Nov 17….. and barely any rain up to this point in time. And none in the forecast either! gulp…. if we don’t get some healthy amounts of rain can you imagine what the water police are going to do to us beginning next Spring and Summer? If you don’t have at least 2 bricks in our toilet tank you will be guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 2nd offense? Minimum mandatory 3 years hard labor digging water wells in California backyards. And just imagine as we struggle through this severe drought the maniac Big Oil frackers are shooting millions of gallons of fresh potable water down rabbit holes in search of black crude!!! HAH! Where the hell is Rod Serling when we need him??? lol. 😀

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 17 November, 2014, 13:11

    Well, looks like crap is going to hit the fan sometime soon! The gov of Missouri just declared a State emergency and activated the Nasty Guard in preparation for the grand jury decision on the cop that shot thug Michael Brown in Ferguson. That’s one thing about the black folks. If they don’t like a justice system ruling they take it to the streets. I figured that the cop would be indicted for sure to avoid the riots, even though the forensic evidence seems to show he was justified shooting Brown. When I watched Brown manhandle that little store owner as he defiantly stole a box of expensive cigars, I knew he was a big bully thug. And when you’re a big bully thug you eventually take a fall. Too bad the black folks can’t see that. Blinded by race. Sad.

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 17 November, 2014, 13:51


    “State officials allowed oil and gas companies to pump nearly three billion gallons of waste water into underground aquifers that could have been used for drinking water or irrigation.”



    When you are people going to ADMIT that you were WRONG and that fracking in large urban areas is EXTREMELY RISKY AND SHOULD BE BANNED!!!! DO YOU ALL WANT TO BE POISONED BY THESE BIG OIL THUGS WHO DON’T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT YOUR HEALTH OR SAFETY???? 🙁

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  4. Ulusses Uhaul
    Ulusses Uhaul 17 November, 2014, 16:21

    A triple talk down….now that is not a healthy sign…..

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  5. Chris Reed
    Chris Reed 17 November, 2014, 16:32

    Let It Collapse collapses into self-parody. Or self-therapy.

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 17 November, 2014, 18:02

      Oh, Chris, now as the actual ethical journalist who writes this stuff you too must fall back on poster insults since you have no intellgent response to my factual comments either, eh? You always tell us how safe fracking operations and have mocked my comments on the risk involved. And now we have an actual incident in California that involved the injection of 3 billion gallons of nasty poisonous fracking fluid into the underground water aquifiers and you go silent as a churchmouse. If you’re going to be a reporter – be a real one, Chris. Acknowledge BOTH sides to the issue. Don’t just try to snow us only your side. Reporters are supposed to offer FULL DISCLOSURE. Not half-disclosure. Just more agendas at play. This is one reason the nation is sliding right down into the crapper. We depend upon journalists for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But all we get are stories manufactured to support the home team. In one word, disgusting. I’m an American and I resent it! 🙁

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 17 November, 2014, 18:01


    Who would have known-

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  7. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 17 November, 2014, 19:54

    San Diego has been cash cow/hostage/slave to the water power brokers at MWD forever. MWD’s conduct has consistently been arrogant and outrageous with regard to geographic cul-de-sac San Diego, from lack of SD representation on the MWD Board to dirty trick PR tactics. Oh, and don’t forget raising rates to compensate MWD for lost revenues when SD started seriously onserving on water use. Having said that, I do not think that ‘potable reuse’ (TOILET TO TAP) is going to be a safe long term solution to San Diego’s predicament, it will essentially be a really big experiment in cancer epidemiology, and I don’t say that lightly.
    1) The municipal waste stream in SD, as in other big american cities, contains thousands of toxic compounds that are not required to be tested for by the US EPA in either treated wastewater or drinking water. The City of San Diego only tests for those compounds or contaminants that it is required by law to test for. It isn’t ‘poop’ that I worry about, i.e. E.coli, but residues from industries as disvers as biotech, metals plating and mortuaries. The filters DO break under pressure and even the tiniest amount of industrial waste could be catastrophic for public health, especially after chlorination in water treatment.

    2) Potable reuse as it is currently posited by the City will, IMHO, have the potential to set up a positive feedback loop in the wastewater to water system as the same water is reused over and over again.

    3) The City’s track record in wastewater treatment is abysmal, a joke in the industry. The only city in the USA that still needs exemptions to the Clean Water Act every 5 years, so it can dump primary effluent in the Pacific. (Sorry, ‘enhanced’ primary will not pass muster anywhere but in SD). Then there are the 2 tertiary wastewater treatment plants, built with billions in federal money, that sit idle (though North Cities is used to process sludge..). And the purple pipe network that was funded and never built (hmmm-where do you think that money went?) And everyone thinks this agency will magically transform itself to treat wastewater to drinking water standards? Really?

    I know the SD environmental community has really closed ranks on this issue, and it’s too bad that the public (and the city council) can’t seem to handle a serious conversation about anything technical, so be it….Most of the really good engineers in SD that I know are retired, and they are apalled by this harebrained sustano-fascist scheme, but they keep quiet, they’ll just get shouted down, and who needs that.

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  8. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 17 November, 2014, 20:13

    See folks, wherever you turn in America the media only tells you what they want you to hear. You won’t see anything at CWD about the fracking disaster in Kern County. And you won’t read a thing about POTUS Obola’s pending amnesty order even though it will have devastating effects on California since we’re already saturated with illegals who stole jobs and freeloaded off our resources – with the border still wide open! CWD backs big business. And big business wants cheap migrant labor and obedient slaves in their workplace. So you will never see CWD tell you that these illiterate indigent Mexicans are going to shoot your poverty rates through the roof and, as taxpayers, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL FOR IT!!!! FREE HOUSING, FREE FOOD, FREE MEDICAL CARE, FREE EDUCATION….ALL COMPLIMENTS OF THE CALIFORNIA TAXPAYER!!!! CWD knows this. They just want to keep you in the dark – just like they know about the fracking disaster in Kern County!!! WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE FREE PRESS AND THE MEDIA I USED TO KNOW IN THIS COCKEYED COUNTRY????? 🙁 🙁 🙁

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 17 November, 2014, 20:36

    Dim and dimmer……your head go blow….oh dear!

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