The San Diego County Water Authority – and San Diego ratepayers – were dealt a major legal loss this week that could leave local water customers back on the hook for billions of dollars over the next several decades.
For years, San Diego water officials have argued the region’s major supplier of water – the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – charges too much to deliver water to San Diego from the Colorado River.
In 2015, a lower court judge sided with the Water Authority.
But, this week, an appellate court sided with Metropolitan: A three-judge panel from the 1st District Court of Appeal found San Diego water customers are, by and large, paying their fair share to use a statewide water delivery system.
The Water Authority will ask the state Supreme Court to reexamine the appellate court’s decision, so the loss is by no means certain.
But this week’s ruling creates wrinkles of its own, even if it’s eventually overturned in the Water Authority’s favor.
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Some time ago I recall reading that there is a "well" underneath the Qualcomm Stadium property which is not in a usable state due to runoff/pollution.
From what I recall, the article stated that there were no plans to try and reclaim that well water. I am sure cleaning up the site and reclaiming the water would be expensive, but shouldn't that resource be a part of discussions on San Diego's water status as well as what is to be done with Qualcomm Stadium?
Shouldn't we be fully aware of our resources and the best usage and planning?
@sosocal --Is the added cost worth it? We would get less than 1/5th of 1% of the city's daily water usage out of that aquifer.
@sosocal I believe you're referring to a water aquifer (not a well) beneath the Qualcomm site. Not only is the water in that aquafer polluted due to the fuel spills, I believe I've read that many of the local aquifers have also been polluted by salt water intrusion. I agree that the city should do an investigation to see if there is a viable way to reclaim and recycle the water in the Mission Valley aquafer, and the other aquifers sitting below the city.
This case has always been a very high stakes gamble. It is all of us who are ratepayers who are financing this Quixotic fight and the loss is ours in terms of higher water rates.