Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Major shift

MWD seeks to build one of the world's largest recycled water programs, move from imports to local supplies

At sunrise, wind pushes the receding water to splash up on the banks at Pine Flat Reservoir in Sanger. ALLEN J. SCHABEN / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is in talks with Los Angeles County sanitation districts about developing what could be one of the largest recycled water programs in the world. Doing so would require MWD to build a treatment plant and delivery facilities. Officials say similar projects have cost about $1 billion. It would also signal a shift away from the business of importing water from elsewhere and toward developing local supply.

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2 water agencies consider buying Delta islands

Sacramento Bee

Two of California’s largest and most aggressive water agencies have discussed buying four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, prompting accusations by environmentalists and Delta farmers that the land purchases could be used to engineer a south state water grab. Control of the islands could yield significant advantages as water agencies both south and north of the Delta continue to wrestle over limited water supplies.

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Billions of pieces of tiny plastic litter S.F. Bay

San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Bay is contaminated with widespread pollution from billions of tiny pieces of plastic in greater concentrations than the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other major U.S. bodies of water, according to a groundbreaking new study. At least 3.9 million pieces of plastic pour into the bay every day from eight large sewage treatment plants — a relentless torrent of litter that ranges from tiny "microbeads" to bits of synthetic fabric.

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